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NWCA/InterMat Poll Has Sooners No. 2
November 01, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma is the No. 2 team in the nation according to the preseason NWCA/InterMat Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, the official college coaches poll.

“Rankings don’t win championships, but they do reflect people’s perception of the talent you have and the history you have had in developing athletes,” said head coach Jack Spates.

“We’re very excited about the ranking and our guys are working very hard and are committed to improving,” Spates said.

In addition to the No. 2 team ranking, the Sooners have six wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes with four individuals being ranked No. 5 or higher.

Two-time national champion Teyon Ware, a senior, is No. 1 in the 141-pound weight class. Sophomore Joel Flaggert is No. 2 at 197 pounds, junior Sam Hazewinkel is No. 3 at 125 pounds and junior Matt Storniolo is No. 5 at 149 pounds.

Junior Justin Dyer is No. 8 at 184 pounds and senior Jake Hager is listed No. 6 at heavyweight.

All five Big 12 Conference wrestling teams are ranked in the Top 25. Oklahoma State repeats at No. 1, with Iowa State at No. 7, Missouri at No. 14 and Nebraska at No. 17.
 
USA Today/NWCA
NCAA Division I Coaches Preseason Dual Meet Poll

Rank Team (1st Place Votes)
Points
Last Season
1. Oklahoma State (12)
600
1
2. Oklahoma
584
7
3. Michigan
574
6
4. Illinois
567
2
5. Iowa
549
9
6. Minnesota
534
11
7. Iowa State
528
3
8. Lehigh
515
5
9. Cornell
499
13
10. Arizona State
492
19
11. Northwestern
471
18
12. Penn State
470
16
13. Central Michigan
445
8
14. Missouri
436
15
15. Wisconsin
430
10
16. Indiana
424
17
17. Nebraska
414
4
18. Hofstra
406
14
19. Michigan State
378
20
20. Pittsburgh
352
-
21. Cal Poly
346
-
22. Tenn-Chattanooga
313
24
23. Edinboro
286
-
24. Boise State
263
-
25. Penn
141
23
 
Others receiving votes: Navy 84, Northern Iowa 57, West Virginia 55, North Carolina 54, Virginia Tech 52, UNC Greensboro 29, Rider 26, Purdue 26.
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