Nine Big Ten Wrestling Teams Ranked in National Preseason Polls

Iowa's Matt McDonough enters the season as the top-ranked wrestler in the 125-pound class.

Iowa's Matt McDonough enters the season as the top-ranked wrestler in the 125-pound class.

Oct. 29, 2010

Nine Big Ten wrestling teams have earned recognition in the InterMat and National Wrestling Coaches Association/USA Today preseason polls, which were released this week. The Big Ten also placed 54 wrestlers in InterMat's individual top-20 rankings across the 10 weight classes.

Wisconsin leads the way in the InterMat poll at No. 4 with No. 5 Minnesota, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Iowa and No. 10 Illinois rounding out the top 10. Michigan checks in at No. 13, while Ohio State debuts at No. 14, Northwestern begins the season at No. 17 and Purdue enters the poll at No. 23.

Minnesota takes the top spot among Big Ten teams in the NWCA rankings at No. 4 followed by Wisconsin at No. 5, Penn State at No. 6, Iowa at No. 7, Illinois at No. 10 and Ohio State at No. 12. Michigan debuts at No. 18 in the poll with No. 19 Northwestern and No. 20 Purdue following closely behind. Indiana is also receiving votes in the inaugural poll of 2010.

Among the 54 ranked Big Ten wrestlers, 32 have earned top-10 status and two are ranked at the top of their weight classes. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough and Wisconsin 165-pounder Andrew Howe each enter the season ranked No. 1 in the country after taking home individual national titles in 2010.

The 2010 Big Ten wrestling season gets underway next weekend as five conference squads begin competition.