No news is good news for the top two teams in NCAA Division I wrestling — University of Iowa, and Oklahoma State — in the updated team rankings from D1CollegeWrestling.net, InterMatWrestle.com, TheOpenMat.com and the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll released Tuesday.
The Hawkeyes — 6-0 for the season — remain at the top of all four rankings, while the 3-0 Cowboys are ranked second across the board.
Where the rankings differ comes into play among the next tier of teams. For example, University of Minnesota (4-2) is ranked third in all but InterMat (which has them in fourth). Defending NCAA team titlewinners Penn State (3-1) occupy slots third through fifth, depending on the ranking; Cornell (1-0) is No. 4, 5 or 6… while Ohio State (6-0) is either fifth, sixth or seventh. One of the more extreme examples of disagreement: InterMat has Lehigh ranked sixth, yet the other three rankings don’t even list the Mountain Hawks among the top ten.
Even the methodology of the four rankings differs. The NWCA/USA Today poll is an actual survey of wrestling coaches; the other three are based on the opinions of individuals at their respective websites. One thing all four agree on is timing; each issues updated rankings each week.
Top ten team rankings for week of Dec. 12:
- Iowa (all four rankings)
- Oklahoma State (all)
- Minnesota (D1CW, TOM, NWCA); Penn State (InterMat)
- Penn State (D1CW, TOM); Cornell (NWCA); Minnesota (InterMat)
- Ohio State (D1CW), Cornell (D1CW, InterMat); Penn State (NWCA)
- Cornell (D1CW); Lehigh (InterMat); Illinois (TOM); Ohio State (NWCA)
- Illinois (D1CW, NWCA); Ohio State (InterMat, TOM)
- Oklahoma (D1CW); Michigan (NWCA, InterMat); Pitt (TOM)
- Michigan (D1CW, TOM); Missouri (InterMat); Pitt (NWCA)
- Missouri (D1CW); American (InterMat); Maryland (TOM); Oklahoma (NWCA)
Want to know more? Check out this week’s rankings from D1CollegeWrestling.net, InterMatWrestle.com, TheOpenMat.com and the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll.
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