College Wrestling Rankings

Iowa starts 2014-15 season ranked No. 1 in USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Mike Evans

The first USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll was released on Saturday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and Iowa will start the year ranked No. 1.

Iowa garnered only four of the 12 first-place votes but totaled 286 points, narrowly edging Minnesota for the top spot. Minnesota received seven first-place votes. Three-time defending team champions Penn State received the other first-place vote. The USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll is voted on by a team’s dual strength, not projected tournament points.

Cornell, Ohio State and Penn State round out the top five.

As expected, the Big Ten has nine of its 14 schools ranked in the Top 25. The MAC has four teams ranked as Missouri leads the conference starting the year at No. 6. The rest of the top ten is Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Edinboro, the only team from the EWL in the poll.

Rankings are released by the NWCA each Tuesday during the season. The next rankings will be released on November 11.

RankTeam (First)PointsConference2013-14 Record
1Iowa (4)286Big Ten15-2
2Minnesota (7)284Big Ten13-1
3Cornell 270EIWA13-1
4Ohio State 263Big Ten13-5
5Penn State (1)258Big Ten15-1
7Nebraska215Big Ten12-2
8Oklahoma State214Big 1210-5
9Michigan211Big Ten11-4
12Virginia Tech155ACC18-5
13Illinois148Big Ten11-7
16Iowa State121Big 129-7
17Northern Iowa116MAC13-0
18Wisconsin108Big Ten12-6
19Northwestern102Big Ten9-7
20Oregon State68Pac-1211-7
21Oklahoma55Big 1211-5
22Old Dominion40MAC8-10
23North Dakota State24WWC11-7
Others receiving votes: Stanford 14, Chattanooga 13, Kent State 10, N.C. State 9, Central Michigan 8, Penn 4, Maryland 3

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