Northern Iowa moves into NWCA top 10, Penn State holds down No. 1 ranking
Wisconsin’s defeat 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.
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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 against 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 during 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 against 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.