Penn State Wrestling

Penn State wrestling remains unanimous No. 1 in coaches poll

After a quiet Thanksgiving week in college wrestling, Penn State earned all 16 first-place votes for the fourth consecutive week to maintain its top position in the National Wrestling Coaches Association/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll.

This marks the 47th week in Nittany Lions’ history that they’ve been ranked No. 1.

With only 19 Division I duals last week due to the holiday, there was minimal movement in the rankings.

The top 10 remains unchanged, with Ohio State at No. 2, followed by Oklahoma State, Missouri, Lehigh, N.C. State, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia Tech.

This week also saw little change in the InterMat NCAA Division I individual rankings.

The biggest change comes at the hands of Missouri’s 197-pounder Willie Miklus. A week after being upset by Iowa’s Jacob Warner in the finals of the Lindenwood Open, then-No. 3 Miklus rallied from behind — 7-2 late in the third period — to pin then-No. 2 Jared Haught of Virginia Tech. The two switched spots in the rankings.

Also of note, Penn State’s 133-pounder, Corey Keener, dropped from No. 15 to 18 after then-No. 18 Cameron Kelly, of Ohio, upset then-No. 5 Bryan Lantry, of Buffalo, on Saturday.

All other Nittany Lions maintained their positions, with Zain Retherford, Jason Nolf, Vincenzo Joseph and Bo Nickal all at No. 1 at 149, 157, 165 and 184, respectively. Mark Hall sits at No. 2 at 174, Nick Nevills at No. 3 at heavyweight, and Anthony Cassar is ranked No. 11 at 197.

No. 1 Penn State will face No. 5 Lehigh Sunday at the PPL Center in Allentown. If the lineups are as expected, the match will feature four bouts between ranked opponents. Keener will get his biggest test in a Nittany Lions singlet when he takes on No. 3 Scott Parker. In what will probably be the biggest match of the dual, Hall will take on No. 5 Jordan Kutler. Nickal will get his No. 1 ranking tested when he faces off against No. 4 Ryan Preisch, and No. 3 Nevills will take on No. 14 Jordan Wood.

Another interesting matchup, although unranked, will be between Penn State’s Jered Cortez and Lehigh’s Luke Karam at 141.

It is unknown at this time whether Joseph and Keener, who both suffered apparent injuries two weeks ago, will wrestle Sunday.

NWCA/USA Today Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Nov. 28

Rank

Team (First)

Record

Points

Conf.

Previous

1

Penn State (16)

3-0

400

Big Ten

1

2

Ohio State

3-0

383

Big Ten

2

3

Oklahoma State

3-0

369

Big 12

3

4

Missouri

6-0

350

MAC

4

5

Lehigh

3-0

335

EIWA

5

6

NC State

6-0

316

ACC

6

7

Iowa

4-0

303

Big Ten

7

8

Minnesota

2-1

281

Big Ten

8

9

Michigan

1-1

279

Big Ten

9

10

Virginia Tech

3-1

257

ACC

10

11

Rutgers

3-0

239

Big Ten

11

12

Arizona State

2-2

216

Pac-12

12

13

Nebraska

2-0

206

Big Ten

13

14

Cornell

1-0

188

EIWA

15

15

Illinois

1-1

187

Big Ten

14

16

Northern Iowa

1-1

143

Big 12

17

17

South Dakota State

0-2

137

Big 12

16

18

Wisconsin

2-0

125

Big Ten

19

19

Central Michigan

1-1

123

MAC

18

20

Purdue

3-0

104

Big Ten

20

21

Oklahoma

1-2

74

Big 12

21

22

Rider

1-1

63

EWL

22

23

Edinboro

2-1

54

EWL

23

24

Pittsburgh

1-2

17

ACC

24

25

Stanford

2-2

15

Pac-12

24

Others Receiving Votes: Drexel 10, Maryland 6, Navy 4, Northwestern 4, Chattanooga 2, Lock Haven 2, North Carolina 1, North Dakota State 1, Virginia 1.

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