Manheim, Pennsylvania — The National Wrestling Coaches Association and the National Duals Selection Committee has announced the formation of a Mid-Major Top 20 college wrestling poll. The first NWCA/NDS Mid-Major Top 20, released today concentrates on programs outside the traditional Power 5 conferences.
Cornell of the Ivy League is the top mid-major wrestling program in the nation, while EIWA rival Lehigh comes in ranked second. Lehigh competes in the Patriot League as its primary all-sports conference. The rest of the top five features Northern Iowa and Central Michigan from Mid-American Conference and South Dakota State, an affiliate of the Big 12 but an all-sports member of the Summit League. Northern Iowa is an all-sports member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
“We’ve seen college programs use mid-major polls in men’s and women’s basketball as another way to promote those sports to their fans and local media,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “We feel this can be an adequate measure of performance for teams that don’t have the benefits of being in a Power 5 Conference.”
Appalachian State, North Dakota State and Edinboro, all ranked in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, come in ranked sixth through eighth. Rider and Drexel round out the top 10. Edinboro is the only school with a Division II athletics program represented. The Fighting Scots have competed in Division I wrestling since the 1980s.
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All-Sports members of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC are not eligible for consideration. This poll is also conducted independently of the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll. Inquiries may be sent to Pat Tocci at email@example.com.
RankSchoolRecordConferenceAll-Sports Conf.1Cornell7-2EIWAIvy2Lehigh8-2EIWAPatriot3Northern Iowa7-2MACMissouri Valley4Central Michigan3-2MACMAC5South Dakota State8-3Big 12Summit6Appalachian State11-2SoConSun Belt7North Dakota State9-4Big 12Summit8Edinboro6-4EWLPSAC (Division II)9Rider7-1EWLMAAC10Drexel8-5EIWAColonial11American3-4EIWAPatriot12Army West Point6-3EIWAPatriot13Princeton5-6EIWAIvy14Buffalo7-4MACMAC15Bucknell5-4EIWAPatriot16Navy7-1EIWAPatriot17Ohio6-4MACMAC18Campbell5-6SoConBig South19Wyoming3-5Big 12Mountain West20Utah Valley4-2Big 12WAC