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ICYMI: Hawkeyes, Nittany Lions start 2022 ranked atop NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Graphic and official release courtesy of Jason Bryant / National Wrestling Coaches Association. 

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The 2022 calendar year starts off the way it closed out with Iowa and Penn State sitting atop the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The only matches since December 23 involving ranked teams was No. 23 Northwestern winning its first two duals of the year, topping Virginia 18-16 and SIUE 39-3.

Methodology: The NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is voted on by two coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Each first-place vote is worth 25 points, 24 points for a second-place vote, 23 for a third-place vote and so on through to one point for a 25th-place vote. The poll is based on dual meet results.

NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll
January 4, 2022

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Iowa (11) (6-0) 344 Big Ten 1
2 Penn State (3) (8-0) 339 Big Ten 2
3 Michigan (3-0) 315 Big Ten 3
4 Oklahoma State (7-0) 303 Big 12 4
5 NC State (5-1) 299 ACC 5
6 Arizona State (3-1) 285 Pac-12 6
7 Ohio State (4-0) 263 Big Ten 7
8 Cornell (3-1) 240 EIWA 8
9 Nebraska (3-0) 237 Big Ten 9
10 Virginia Tech (4-3) 223 ACC 10
11 Missouri (6-2) 219 Big 12 11
12 Rutgers (10-0) 199 Big Ten 12
13 Iowa State (3-1) 183 Big 12 13
14 Minnesota (1-1) 170 Big Ten 14
15 Purdue (6-1) 156 Big Ten 16
16 Wisconsin (4-0) 135 Big Ten 15
17 Lehigh (4-4) 111 EIWA 17
18 Oklahoma (2-2) 92 Big 12 19
19 Princeton (0-1) 89 EIWA 18
20 North Carolina (4-4) 65 ACC 20
21 Pittsburgh (3-2) 63 ACC 21
22 Northern Iowa (1-4) 55 Big 12 22
23 Northwestern (0-0) 46 Big Ten 24
24 Illinois (2-0) 36 Big Ten 23
25 Cal Poly (0-0) 25 Pac-12 25

Others Receiving Votes: Campbell 17, Central Michigan 15, Stanford 6, Appalachian State 5, Wyoming 4, Virginia 3, Michigan State 2, North Dakota State 2, South Dakota State 2, Hofstra 1, Navy 1.

Dropped Out: None.

Upcoming Coaches Poll Release Dates for 2021-22: Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22.

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