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Cornell remains No. 1, North Dakota State stays No. 2 in NWCA Mid-Major Top 20

by Jason Bryant, NWCA

Mid-Major Rankings for February 3


Manheim, Pennsylvania – Cornell, ranked in the top five nationally in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, remains atop the second NWCA Mid-Major Poll released on Friday. The Big Red are 9-2 on the season and are one of four Ivy League schools in the Top 20.


Three Big 12 affiliates - North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, and South Dakota State hold down the next three positions, while Appalachian State comes in fifth. Columbia from the Ivy League and Chattanooga from the Southern Conference break into the rankings this week for the first time this season.


Methodology: The NWCA Division I Wrestling Mid-Major Coaches Poll is voted on by one coach from Division I wrestling conferences with mid-major representation. Each first-place vote is worth 20 points, 19 points for a second-place vote, 18 for a third-place vote and so on through to one point for a 20th-place vote. The poll is based on dual meet results.

NWCA Division I Wrestling Mid-Major Coaches Poll

February 3, 2023


Rank/Team (First)/Record/Points/Previous/Conf./All-Sports


1 Cornell (5) (9-2) 100 1 EIWA Ivy League

2 North Dakota State (8-2) 92 2 Big 12 Summit

3 Northern Iowa (5-3) 89 3 Big 12 Missouri Valley

4 South Dakota State (11-2) 88 4 Big 12 Summit

5 Appalachian State (8-2) 74 6 SoCon Sun Belt

6 Lehigh (6-9) 73 5 EIWA Patriot

7 Penn (6-4) 71 8 EIWA Ivy League

8 Northern Colorado (11-3) 64 9 Big 12 Big Sky

9 Cal Poly (4-6) 56 7 Pac-12 Big West

10 Air Force (7-2) 53 12 Big 12 Mountain West

11 Campbell (13-8) 51 10 SoCon Big South

12 Army West Point (5-5) 44 11 EIWA Patriot

13 Binghamton (4-10) 26 14 EIWA America East

14 Columbia (3-6) 25 NR EIWA Ivy League

15 Little Rock (3-7) 21 15 Pac-12 Ohio Valley

16 Princeton (2-8) 19 13 EIWA Ivy League

17 Drexel (6-4) 18 19 EIWA Colonial

18 Northern Illinois (6-4) 13 16 MAC MAC

19 (tie) Chattanooga (7-8) 12 NR SoCon SoCon

19 (tie) Clarion (10-3) 12 19 MAC PSAC
Others Receiving Votes: George Mason 9, Utah Valley 9, American 8, Navy 8, Central Michigan 6, Buffalo 5, Cleveland State 2, Rider 2.

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