USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll – January 19, 2016

Published On January 19, 2016 | By Ross Bartachek | College

By Jason Bryant, NWCA

Big Ten competition continues to spark movement in Top 25

Manheim, Pa. –– The top five teams remained in place, but Big Ten dual meet competition caused some movement as the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

The nation’s last four unbeaten teams in Division I still occupy the top four spots as Penn State, Iowa, N.C. State and Missouri continued their strong seasons. Penn State (10-0) won two duals, 46-4 over Northwestern and 24-10 over then-No. 7 Nebraska. Penn State’s win at Northwestern was highlighted by Zain Retherford’s 15-5 major decision over 2014 NCAA Division I champion Jason Tsirtsis at 149 pounds.

Iowa (11-0) rolled past Wisconsin 31-3, while N.C. State won its 17th dual of the season in smashing No. 17 Virginia 35-7. The Wolfpack win streak is the second-longest current active in Division I, followed by No. 4 Missouri (9-0), which claimed its 36th and 37th dual wins in a row with victories over Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

Oklahoma State (6-2) holds steady at No. 5. The Cowboys topped a pair of ranked teams, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, on an Eastern swing. Coach John Smith’s team won 19 of 20 individual bouts in the two matches.

Lehigh (10-1), Oklahoma (8-2), Michigan (7-1), Ohio State (6-2) and Virginia Tech (9-2) round out the top 10.

Ohio State continued to make the Big Ten dual meet season interesting as the Buckeyes unleashed 2015 NCAA All-American and 2015 freestyle World champion Kyle Snyder into the lineup at heavyweight. Snyder’s major decision over Collin Jensen would lift the Buckeyes past Nebraska on Sunday. Nebraska fell four spots to No. 11.

Minnesota (6-6) re-entered the Top 25 after a one-week hiatus. The Golden Gophers evened their record after a 17-16 win over then-No. 6 Rutgers in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Kent State (10-3) broke into the Top 25 for the first time this season. The Golden Flashes upended MAC rival Ohio over the weekend.

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Penn State (11) 10-0 299 Big Ten 1
2 Iowa 11-0 287 Big Ten 2
3 N.C. State (1) 17-0 276 ACC 3
4 Missouri 9-0 263 MAC 4
5 Oklahoma State 6-2 255 Big 12 5
6 Lehigh 10-1 232 EIWA 8
7 Oklahoma 8-2 219 Big 12 9
8 Michigan 7-1 212 Big Ten 10
9 Ohio State 6-2 210 Big Ten 11
10 Virginia Tech 9-2 183 ACC 12
11 Nebraska 8-3 183 Big Ten 7
12 Rutgers 11-3 176 Big Ten 6
13 Illinois 10-3 159 Big Ten 13
14 North Carolina 9-2 134 ACC 15
15 Cornell 3-3 125 EIWA 16
16 Iowa State 7-3 114 Big 12 14
17 Virginia 5-3 101 ACC 17
18 Pittsburgh 9-2 89 ACC 18
19 Central Michigan 5-2 81 MAC 19
20 Purdue 7-2 80 Big Ten 20
21 Indiana 5-1 58 Big Ten 22
22 Oregon State 5-4 54 Pac-12 23
23 Minnesota 6-6 32 Big Ten NR
24 Kent State 10-3 18 MAC NR
25 Appalachian State 8-2 16 SoCon 25

Dropped out: No. 21 Ohio, No. 24 West Virginia
Others Receiving Votes: Ohio 11, Arizona State 10, West Virginia 10, Stanford 5, Wisconsin 4, Chattanooga 3, Bucknell 1

(Sam Janicki – SJanicki Photo)

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