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Dec 10 UNI moves into Top 10, Wisconsin back in Top 25 in latest NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

By Jason Bryant NWCA | Dec. 10, 2013, 1:09 p.m. (ET)
Wisconsin’s upset of then-No. 7 Illinois was the big upset this past week as there were only a few notable moves in the latest USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Penn State (5-0) won two weekend duals, beating Boston University 34-6 and No. 11 Pittsburgh 28-9. Both duals were wrestled in front of sold-out crowds. Penn State set the NCAA record for attendance in Sunday’s win over the Panthers. The announced crowd of 15,996 was also the largest event held at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions usually compete in Rec Hall, a more intimate facility, which seats 6,500 fans.

Second-ranked Minnesota improved to 4-0 after beating No. 5 Oklahoma State 16-15 in Stillwater, Okla., on Sunday. The return of two-time All-American Kevin Steinhaus to the Golden Gophers lineup was crucial as Steinhaus picked up the dual’s only bonus victory, a 14-5 major decision over Jordan Rogers at 184 pounds.

Iowa (5-0) got a scare from No. 15 Edinboro, but the Hawkeyes had enough firepower to get past the Fighting Scots 22-19.

Oklahoma (5-0) won the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and held at the No. 4 position, while Oklahoma State (1-2), as noted above, lost to Minnesota. It was the Cowboys’ second 16-15 loss this season.

Illinois (6-2) fell out of the Top 10 after being upset 19-18 by unranked Wisconsin over the weekend. The Fighting Illini fell from No. 7 to No. 11 this week, allowing Northern Iowa (3-0) to move into the Top 10 for the first time under coach Doug Schwab.

Ohio State (4-0) moved to No. 7 behind Cornell (3-0), while Missouri (2-0) and Nebraska (5-0) each moved up one spot to No. 8 and No. 9.

Wisconsin (8-3) reentered the Top 25, coming in at No. 22, after its win over Illinois.

Ten of the Big Ten’s 12 teams are ranked this week, including five of the Top 10. Three of the four Big 12 teams are ranked, while the ACC and EWL each have three teams ranked in the Top 25. The EIWA and the MAC each have two teams ranked.

Rank/Team (First)/Points/Conference/Record/Previous

1 Penn State (9) 399 Big Ten 5-0 1
2 Minnesota (1) 391 Big Ten 4-0 2
3 Iowa 376 Big Ten 5-0 3
4 Oklahoma 372 Big 12 5-0 4
5 Oklahoma State 360 Big 12 1-2 5
6 Cornell 347 EIWA 3-0 6
7 Ohio State 341 Big Ten 4-0 8
8 Missouri 327 MAC 2-0 9
9 Nebraska 325 Big Ten 5-0 10
10 Northern Iowa 299 MAC 3-0 11
11 Illinois 295 Big Ten 6-2 7
12 Pittsburgh 281 ACC 3-1 11
13 Virginia 277 ACC 8-2 13
14 Virginia Tech 275 ACC 8-1 14
15 Edinboro 263 EWL 0-2 15
16 Northwestern 250 Big Ten 4-1 17
17 Iowa State 246 Big 12 5-1 16
18 Stanford 225 Pac-12 8-2 18
19 Michigan 207 Big Ten 2-2 20
20 Lehigh 196 EIWA 5-3 23
21 Purdue 191 Big Ten 2-1 19
22 Wisconsin 176 Big Ten 8-3 NR
23 Oregon State 171 Pac-12 3-3 20
24 Rider 148 EWL 5-1 22
25 Bloomsburg 141 EWL 2-2 24
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