Central Michigan tops two ranked conference opponents, moves into NWCA Top 25

Manheim, Pennsylvania – A weekend trip out east to face new conference foes was beneficial for coach Tom Borrelli’s Central Michigan squad as the Chippewas downed ranked opponents Rider 28-10 and Lock Haven 24-12 to enter this week’s NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll at No. 24.

The Chippewas (2-1) faced off with both schools for the first time as conference mates as the Mid-American Conference absorbed the Eastern Wrestling League, creating a 15-team conference alignment. Central Michigan reappears in the Top 25 for the first time since February of 2018.

A large portion of Division I competition centered around tournaments, with the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational highlighting the action and shaking up the individual rankings. The team rankings were largely unaffected.

Top-ranked Iowa improved to 4-0 after beating host Princeton 30-9 on Sunday. It capped off a monster travel and competition weekend for the No. 12 Tigers, who went on the road to Stillwater, Oklahoma and split 10 matches with ninth-ranked Oklahoma State, but fell 18-15.

No. 3 Penn State (3-1) picked up a pair of wins over in-state opponents from the EIWA. First, before a Stabler Arena record crowd of 6,047, the visiting Nittany Lions topped then-No. 13 Lehigh 23-10. Penn State followed with a 33-7 win at home against Penn.

The only other ranked team in dual action was No. 10 Pittsburgh, which improved to 4-1 after topping West Virginia 29-6 and shutting out Drexel 33-0.

Ranked duals this week: With the academic calendar closing most places around the country, dual meet competition is slow this coming week. No ranked teams will face off with one another and there’s only eight duals with Division I teams competing. Ranked teams with competition are No. 6 NC State at Appalachian State on Friday, No. 11 Iowa State hosting Chattanooga on Saturday, and No. 19 Missouri faces Buffalo and No. 9 Oklahoma State is at Oklahoma on Sunday.

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 Coaches Poll
December 10, 2019

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conf. Previous
1 Iowa (14) (4-0) 350 Big Ten 1
2 Nebraska (4-0) 325 Big Ten 2
3 Penn State (3-1) 321 Big Ten 3
4 Arizona State (5-0) 310 Pac-12 4
5 Virginia Tech (3-0) 283 ACC 5
6 NC State (6-0) 280 ACC 6
7 Ohio State (3-1) 274 Big Ten 7
8 Wisconsin (6-1) 254 Big Ten 8
9 Oklahoma State (3-1) 247 Big 12 9
10 Pittsburgh (4-1) 208 ACC 10
11 Iowa State (1-1) 204 Big 12 11
12 Princeton (1-2) 194 EIWA 12
13 Northwestern (2-1) 168 Big Ten 14
14 Lehigh (1-3) 160 EIWA 13
15 Northern Iowa (0-2) 146 Big 12 16
16 Minnesota (1-2) 141 Big Ten 15
17 North Carolina (3-1) 114 ACC 18
18 Cornell (0-2) 109 EIWA 17
19 Missouri (2-2) 89 MAC 19
20 Purdue (6-1) 84 Big Ten 23
21 Army West Point (4-1) 67 EIWA 21
22 Michigan (1-1) 45 Big Ten 22
23 Virginia (3-1) 33 ACC 24
24 Central Michigan (2-1) 28 MAC NR
25 Rider (3-1) 27 MAC 20


Others Receiving Votes
: Campbell 23, Rutgers 23, Stanford 20, Wyoming 11, Illinois 6, Old Dominion 4, Lock Haven 2
Dropped Out: No. 25 Lock Haven

2019-20 Coaches Poll Release Dates
Poll #6 12/10/19 Poll #11 1/28/20
Poll #7 12/17/19 Poll #12 2/4/20
Poll #8 1/7/20 Poll #13 2/11/20
Poll #9 1/14/20 Poll #14 2/18/20
Poll #10 1/21/20 Poll #15 2/25/20

Mid-Major Poll Release Dates
MM Poll #1 1/22/20 MM Poll #2 2/12/20 MM Poll #3 2/26/20

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