The Oklahoma State wrestling team dropped two spots to No. 9 in the NWCA poll Tuesday despite a 21-12 win over then-No. 12 Minnesota on Sunday.
OSU (2-1) has wrestled its first three duals without three starters in Kaden Gfeller (141), two-time All-American Joe Smith (174) and Cornelius Putnam (285). The three Cowboys that have filled in have gone a combined 2-7 in dual action.
The Cowboys have the week off before hosting No. 12 Princeton on Friday, Dec. 7. The Tigers earned their highest ranking in program history after a 18-14 upset against then-No. 7 Lehigh. OSU fell 21-20 on third criteria to the Mountain Hawks on Nov. 16.
Four-time reigning NCAA champion Penn State dropped from the top spot to No. 3 after its 60-dual winning streak was snapped in a 19-18 loss at Arizona State, which jumped from No. 10 to No. 4 and received one first-place vote. With PSU’s loss and Iowa’s 29-6 win at Iowa State, the Hawkeyes moved into the No. 1 spot for the first time since February 2015.
ASU and North Carolina State both leaped OSU in the poll. NC State moved up two spots after wins at then-No. 15 Cornell and unranked Binghamton.
Two other Big 12 teams remained ranked with ISU staying put at No. 11 and Northern Iowa sliding one spot to No. 16 after a 23-17 home loss to Nebraska, which moved the Cornhuskers up a spot to No. 2.
Ranked Duals this week: Saturday, Dec. 1: No. 17 Cornell at No. 8 Ohio State, No. 6 Wisconsin at No. 1 Iowa.
Methodology: The NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll is voted on by two coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Each first-place vote is worth 25 points, 24 points for a second-place vote, 23 for a third-place vote and so on through to one point for a 25th-place vote.