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The Top 200 Adjusted Team Scores in NCAA Division I Wrestling History

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Photo by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com

The eye-popping numbers that Penn State has put up the last two years at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships have rarely been seen in the history of the event. However, the rules of team scoring have varied over the years. That makes it difficult to directly compare teams across eras. As recently as before the 2013 tournament, the NCAA stopped awarding bye points, meaning scores for the exact same performance would now be lower than they were before the change. The wrestling history books are littered with such examples. Placement points last changed in 2001. Bonus point victories, both in what constitutes one and how much they are worth, have gone through many iterations since the superior decision was introduced in 1972. It wasn’t until 1995 that falls became worth two extra team points, before that they were worth just one.  There have been other changes at the NCAA tournament in addition to team scoring, of course. Before 1996, not everyone got to compete in the wrestlebacks. Between 1941 and 1971, only those who lost to the finalists got a chance to compete for third, just like international freestyle and Greco today. Eight All-Americans per weight weren’t crowned until 1979.

With all this chaos, it can be difficult to put a team score into proper context. We know the 1997 Iowa Hawkeyes hold the scoring record with 170, but how does that really compare to what the Nittany Lions have done the past two years and which teams performed best on college wrestling’s biggest stage? One way to get closer to those answers is to score every NCAA DI tournament over the years using today’s rule set. We did just that and below you’ll find the top 200 scores throughout history. This still shorts the older teams some, especially those who competed in the six All-American and limited wrestleback eras. However, it accounts for every match actually wrestled and puts everyone on close to level footing to start. Adjusting to today’s scoring swung at least three national title races to a different outcome than the one determined at the time. Oklahoma State would have outscored Iowa State in 1965 and Oklahoma in 1974 to win additional crowns. The Cowboys finished third behind Michigan in 1974, but they would have nipped the Wolverines as well under today’s scoring. The 1999 NCAA team championship would have been shared between Iowa and Minnesota had these rules been in place.

I’d like to add one process note. Team point deductions were not factored in due to the lack of specific information on them beyond the last few years. Therefore, none are reflected here.

This project relies heavily on the incredible work of the late Jay Hammond and his site wrestlingstats.com.

#YearSchool PlaceAdvBonusAdj. TotalActual TotalFinish
11983Iowa 1093533.5177.51551
21992Iowa 10134401751491
31997Iowa 10533.533.51721701
41991Iowa 10636.528170.51571
51986Iowa 10831.529.51691581
61985Iowa 9833.525.5157145.251
71981Iowa 873037.5154.5129.751
81969Iowa State 9432.528154.51041
91982Iowa 923226150131.751
102005Oklahoma State 9229.526.51481531
112017Penn State 872732.5146.5146.51
121995Iowa 853227.5144.51341
132018Penn State 912823.5142.5141.51
141984Iowa 8632.522.5141123.751
151979Iowa 7827.535140.5122.51
161976Iowa 8727.525139.5123.251
171972Iowa State 8926.522.51381031
182003Oklahoma State 782831.5137.51431
191970Iowa State 793028.5137.5991
201965Oklahoma State 972911137862
211990Oklahoma State 8030.526.5137117.751
221965Iowa State 9827.511136.5871
231993Iowa 8627.522.5136123.751
241964Oklahoma State 942814136871
252018Ohio State 7931.524134.5133.52
262012Penn State 822725.5134.51431
272001Minnesota 7632.526134.5138.51
281987Iowa State 862820.5134.51331
291966Oklahoma State 942611.5131.5791
301980Iowa 8025.525130.5110.751
311971Oklahoma State 912613130941
321939Oklahoma State 921820130331
331961Oklahoma State 9727.55129.5821
341941Oklahoma State 9620.513129.5371
351996Iowa 7730.521.5129122.51
361982Iowa State 8329.516.51291111
371957Oklahoma 8022.524.5127731
381958Oklahoma State 9624.55125.5771
392010Iowa 8330.511.5125134.51
401967Michigan State 812617124741
412013Penn State 682629.5123.5123.51
422016Penn State 7426231231231
432001Iowa 752819122125.51
441949Oklahoma State 862214122321
451984Oklahoma State 702823.5121.5981
461935Oklahoma State 7219.530121.5361
471982Oklahoma 7923191211091
481962Oklahoma State 94252121821
491959Oklahoma State 832513121731
502006Oklahoma State 672528.5120.5122.51
511970Michigan State 7328.519120.5841
522017Ohio State 6433.522.51201102
531983Oklahoma State 6926251201021
542002Minnesota 712721.5119.5126.51
552013Oklahoma State 7226.521119.5119.51
561997Oklahoma State 8029.59118.5113.51
571991Oklahoma State 702919.5118.5108.751
581931Oklahoma State 96148118291
591950Northern Iowa 9121.55117.5301
601973Iowa State 6926.521.5117851
611990Iowa 672623.5116.5102.753
622004Oklahoma State 7124.521116.5123.51
631981Oklahoma 7022.524116.5100.251
641978Iowa 5728.530.511694.51
651990Arizona State 742714.5115.5104.752
662000Iowa 6226.527115.51161
671975Iowa 662623.5115.51021
681998Iowa 7123.520.51151151
691970Oregon State 6426.524.5115801
701966Iowa State 802113114701
711966Oklahoma 6623.524113.5692
722008Iowa 7325.514112.5117.51
731987Iowa 7124.517112.51081
741954Oklahoma State 8120.511112.5321
751937Oklahoma State 9612.54112.5311
761978Iowa State 652324112941
771970Oklahoma State 6624.521.5112791
781948Oklahoma State 642226112331
791968Oklahoma State 6827.516111.5811
801992Oklahoma State 672717111100.51
811983Iowa State 66261911194.251
821987Penn State 6729.514110.597.751
832001Oklahoma State 632720110115.51
842014Penn State 6425.520109.5109.51
851977Iowa State 6624.519109.595.51
861968Iowa State 642322109781
871947Cornell (IA) 7413.521108.5321
882012Minnesota 672614.5107.5117.51
891979Iowa State 6321.522.5107881
901968Oklahoma 6124.521.5107741
911936Oklahoma 631924106141
922000Iowa State 622518.5105.5109.51
931985Oklahoma 6123.521105.598.51
941992Penn State 6427.513.510589.251
951942Oklahoma State 8613.55104.5311
962017Oklahoma State 6427131041033
972014Minnesota 6226.515.51041042
981994Oklahoma State 6523.515.510494.751
991988Arizona State 642416104931
1001977Oklahoma State 64251510488.751
1011980Oklahoma State 552227104871
1022013Minnesota 5927171031031
1031998Minnesota 5823221031021
1041957Pittsburgh 6920.513102.5661
1052015Ohio State 6121.519.51021021
1061980Iowa State 59241910281.751
1071930Oklahoma State 801012102271
1081956Oklahoma State 7321.57101.5651
1092003Minnesota 6222.516.5101104.51
1101948Michigan State 581924101281
1111973Oregon State 592120.5100.572.51
1121940Oklahoma State 7812.510100.5241
1132011Penn State 6023.516.5100107.51
1142002Iowa State 5820221001041
1151998Oklahoma State 61251410099.51
1161977Iowa 5423.522.5100841
1171961Oklahoma 74197100631
1181958Iowa State 72226100621
1191929Oklahoma State 84106100261
1201928Oklahoma State 7691499NA1
1212012Iowa 61221699107.51
1221989Oklahoma State 6225.511.59991.251
1231967Michigan 57212199631
1242018Iowa 4522.530.598973
1251999Minnesota 5824169898.52
1261999Iowa 5722.518.598100.51
1271976Iowa State 5829119885.751
1281934Oklahoma State 70101898291
1291988Oklahoma State 5722.51897.580.54
1302016Oklahoma State 602413.597.597.52
1312002Oklahoma 5027.52097.5101.51
1322017Iowa 5524.517.597974
1332014Oklahoma State 592413.596.596.53
1341988Iowa State 552219.596.583.753
1351978Oklahoma State 592314.596.586.251
1361986Oklahoma 5025.52196.584.751
1371993Nebraska 5120.52495.579.53
1381988Iowa 5520.52095.585.52
1392012Cornell 6120.513.595102.51
1401972Michigan State 6623.55.59572.51
1411981Iowa State 5724.51394.594.751
1421956Oklahoma 6420.51094.5621
1431949Northern Iowa 6814.51294.5271
1442007Minnesota 49252094981
1451951Oklahoma 58162094241
1461951Oklahoma State 64191093232
1471987Oklahoma State 492518.592.585.251
1481993Penn State 5526119287.52
1491969Oklahoma 60221092691
1501960Oklahoma 6916792591
1511975Oklahoma 532216.591.5771
1521986Oklahoma State 5522.513.59177.251
1531994Iowa 5323.51490.576.51
1541971Iowa State 5419.51790.5661
1551964Oklahoma 61191090581
1562009Iowa 4422.52389.596.51
1572001Oklahoma 4823.51788.593.51
1582000Minnesota 49221788801
1591992Iowa State 4923.515.58872.251
1601946Oklahoma State 778.5287.5251
1611933Indiana 60131487NA1
1622017Missouri 5319.51486.586.55
1632009Ohio State 492116.586.5921
1641978Wisconsin 531815.586.577.251
1651982Oklahoma State 452120.586.571.751
1661952Oklahoma 6314.5986.5221
1672016Ohio State 52181686863
1681948Illinois 51132286231
1691949Cornell (IA) 57151486211
1702011Cornell 5021.51485.593.51
1711981Oklahoma State 4018.52785.568.51
1722007Iowa State 4723158588.51
1731984Penn State 5321118570.51
1741969Oregon State 47191985581
1751969Michigan State 4621.51784.5572
1762015Iowa 47221584842
1772002Iowa 4421.518.584891
1781999Oklahoma State 4221.520.584841
1792010Cornell 4720.51683.5901
1801975Oklahoma State 4919.51583.5681
1811941Michigan State 5412.51783.5261
1822016Virginia Tech 47221483824
1832001Illinois 5423683891
1841953Penn State 58151083211
1851975Iowa State 482014.582.566.51
1862016Iowa 51211082815
1872011Iowa 4725108286.51
1881996Iowa State 5619.56.58278.51
1891956Pittsburgh 6414482511
1901942Michigan State 589.514.582261
1911934Indiana 6011.51081.5191
1922018NC State 4420178180T4
1931966Michigan 53131581471
1941980Oklahoma 3824.51880.567.51
1951968Michigan State 4818.51480.5551
1962018Michigan 4820.511.58080T4
1972006Minnesota 5318980841
1981995Oregon State 4617.516.58077.51
1991976Oklahoma State 3921.519.58064.51
2001974Oklahoma State 4224.51379.5643
2012004Iowa 4723.5979.5821
2021993Arizona State 5020.5979.572.51
2031979Lehigh 441520.579.569.751

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