MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota wrestling program continues to climb in the national rankings, moving up to fourth in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll after scoring a pair of wins over ranked opponents over the weekend.The Gophers (12-3 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) topped No. 23 Purdue 26-15 last Friday before closing out the weekend with a 21-16 win over 15th-ranked Illinois on Sunday. Minnesota's three remaining home duals this season are all against nationally ranked programs including No. 3 Wisconsin this Sunday at the Sports Pavilion. The Badgers narrowly defeated the Gophers earlier this year at National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Penn State has been credited as the nation's new top team, clinching the No. 1 ranking this weekend as the Nittany Lions hold a perfect 13-0 record. They'll be in Minneapolis on Feb. 13 for a Big Ten showdown with Minnesota, which currently sits atop the Big Ten with a 3-0 conference record. The Gophers close out the regular season with a Big Ten finale against No. 8 Iowa at Williams Arena on Feb. 20.

Cornell (No. 2) and Oklahoma State (5) close out the top five while Virginia Tech, Missouri, Iowa, Rutgers and Boise State close out the top ten, respectively.

NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll

January 25, 2011

Rank

School

Total

Prev. Rank

Record

1

Penn State

275

2

13-0

2

Cornell

263

1

5-1

3

Wisconsin

247

4

9-1-1

4

Minnesota

226

5

11-3

5

Oklahoma State

224

6

8-2-1

6

Virginia Tech

211

3

14-4

7

Missouri

206

7

14-5

8

Iowa

199

8

9-0-1

9

Rutgers

192

14

18-1

10

Boise State

181

9

6-2-1

11

Oklahoma*

173

10

10-1

12

Lehigh

156

17

10-5

13

Michigan

154

11

7-2

14

Illinois

120

15

3-3-1

15

Iowa State

102

12

6-7

16

Nebraska

101

16

10-3

17

Kent State

98

18

10-5

18

Northwestern

84

19

15-1

19

American

77

20

11-4

20

Oregon State

72

13

8-4-2

21

Central Michigan

63

21

4-7

22

Cal Poly

47

24

6-1

23

Pittsburgh

43

22

8-6

24

Purdue

40

23

5-6-1

25

Wyoming

14

25

7-4




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