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Bucknell moves up to No. 25 in NWCA Div. I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pa. — Buoyed by a 20-16 win over then No. 10 Virginia on Saturday, Bucknell (3-1) moved into Top 25 for the first time as the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll was released Tuesday.

Bucknell reinstated its wrestling program in 2006 and the No. 25 ranking is the first Top 25 ranking in the coaches poll in school history. The Bison were the only new team in the rankings this week as much of the nation will return to action with individual tournaments after Christmas.

Several Top 25 matches took place around the country, with Penn State (5-0) edging Virginia Tech (4-1) on Friday in a wild 20-15 dual. Cornell (6-0) remained third behind top-ranked Iowa (5-0) and second-ranked Minnesota (6-0). The Big Red topped Edinboro (6-2) at the Grapple at the Garden, while Edinboro would upend Lehigh (7-3) 19-18 a round later in Madison Square Garden. Edinboro moved back into the Top 10 for the first time since starting the year ranked in the same position in the preseason poll.

The top nine teams remained unchanged.

Virginia (5-2) dropped six spots from No. 10 to No. 16 after the loss to Bucknell, which leapfrogged then-No. 25 Purdue.

There will be no Coaches Poll released on Dec. 30. The next USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll will be released on January 6.

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Iowa (9) 5-0 297 Big Ten 1
2 Minnesota (2) 6-0 283 Big Ten 2
3 Cornell 6-0 278 EIWA 3
4 Penn State (1) 5-0 266 Big Ten 4
5 Missouri 12-0 256 MAC 5
6 Virginia Tech 4-1 238 ACC 6
7 Ohio State 4-2 224 Big Ten 7
8 Oklahoma State 3-1 217 Big 12 8
9 Pittsburgh 4-2 194 ACC 9
10 Edinboro 6-2 193 EWL 12
11 Lehigh 7-3 175 EIWA 11
12 Nebraska 4-1 160 Big Ten 13
13 Illinois 6-1 152 Big Ten 14
14 Iowa State 4-1 146 Big 12 15
15 Michigan 2-1 136 Big Ten 16
16 Virginia 5-2 128 ACC 10
17 Rider 6-1 105 EWL 18
18 Oregon State 3-0 96 Pac-12 17
19 Northwestern 8-2 85 Big Ten 20
20 Wisconsin 5-1 79 Big Ten 19
21 Wyoming 4-2 65 WWC 21
22 N.C. State 7-2 42 ACC 22
23 Rutgers 9-0 34 Big Ten 23
24 Old Dominion 3-2 24 MAC 24
25 Bucknell 3-1 12 EIWA NR

Dropped Out: No. 25 Purdue
Others Receiving Votes: Purdue 9, Stanford 5, Ohio 1
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