USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll – January 21, 2014


Several upsets over the weekend changed the wrestling landscape and they changed the Top 25 of the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Penn State (10-0) again received all 10 first-place votes, but after the top-ranked Nittany Lions, the top ten saw quite a bit of movement.

Minnesota (7-1) fell from No. 2 to No. 4 after the Golden Gophers lost over the weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., to the then No. 19 Wolverines 19-14. Michigan, which jumped seven spots to No. 12 this week, also beat Illinois over the weekend.

Iowa (11-1) moved up to No. 2. The Hawkeyes defeated Big Ten rival Nebraska 22-9 on Saturday. Cornell (5-0) defeated Harvard and moved up a spot to No. 3. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were both dealt losses over the weekend and slid accordingly.

In Norman, Northern Iowa (6-0) stayed unbeaten in taking out the Sooners 19-17. The Panthers moved up four spot to No. 5, its highest under coach Doug Schwab.

Oklahoma (7-1) fell to No. 6. Missouri (4-0) held steady at No. 7, while Pittsburgh made a five-spot jump after beating Oklahoma State 19-18 on criteria on Sunday. These Panthers (9-1) break into the Top 10 for the first time this season. Oklahoma State fell from No. 5 to No. 9. The Cowboys are 4-4 on the year.

North Dakota State (6-3) broke into the Top 25 after two weekend wins, including a road victory at No. 20 Oregon State. The Bison debut at No. 23, while Oregon State fell four spots to No. 24.

Every conference is represented in the Top 25. The Big Ten has the most representation with 10 teams. The Big 12 and ACC have three teams each, while the EIWA, Mid-American Conference and Pac-12 each have two. The SoCon and Western Wrestling Conference have one team ranked.

RankTeam (First)PointsConferenceRecordPrevious
1Penn State (10)400Big Ten10-01
2Iowa390Big Ten11-13
3Cornell375EIWA5-05 (tie)
4Minnesota366Big Ten7-12
5Northern Iowa359MAC6-09
6Oklahoma345Big 127-14
8Pittsburgh 323ACC9-113
9Oklahoma State322Big 124-45 (tie)
10Nebraska319Big Ten8-18
11Ohio State295Big Ten7-210
12Michigan289Big Ten7-219
15Illinois256Big Ten6-411
16Northwestern248Big Ten6-415
17Virginia Tech246ACC13-216
18Iowa State234Big 127-217
19Wisconsin231Big Ten9-418
21Purdue195Big Ten5-420
23North Dakota State146WWC6-3NR
24Oregon State144Pac-127-420
Dropped Out: Ohio
Others receiving votes: Kent State 67, Central Michigan 19, Navy 16, Ohio 16, Rider 16