Feb. 23, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After a full season in the `Others Receiving Votes' category, the University of Wyoming Wrestling team finally broke into the top-25 of the National Wrestling Coaches Association/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll on Tuesday.
Wyoming was listed at No. 25 this week after receiving votes for the entire season, yet remaining unranked.
UW finished their dual season last week with a record of 12-3 overall, 6-0 in the Western Wrestling Conference. The Cowboys' only losses came at the hands of teams who were ranked at the time of their match-up: No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Michigan State and No. 24 Oregon State. Oklahoma State still resides in the fourth slot, Oregon State is currently No. 15, while MSU has since dropped from the rankings.
Last Thursday, Wyoming defeated Air Force to win the WWC regular-season dual title for the second straight year. The `Pokes earned the league title outright after sharing the honor with the University of Northern Iowa last season. UW ended this season on a six-match dual win streak, and they won eight of their last nine, losing only to the orange Cowboys from OSU.
Wyoming currently is in the midst of a week of hard training, prior to traveling to Brookings, S.D., next week for the NCAA West Regional tournament on Saturday, March 6.
In the poll's top-10, Iowa retained its No. 1 spot for the 15th and final week, followed by Iowa State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Cornell , Lehigh, Oklahoma, Maryland and Penn State.
This will be the last set of team dual meet rankings from the NWCA/USA Today for the 2010 season, and there will be one set of tournament rankings which will be released in March.
The NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll Committee is made up of one coach from each conference. A number one ranking is worth 25 points and a number 25 ranking is worth one point.
The complete NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll can be found at www.nwcaonline.com.