The Oregon State wrestling team is ranked 20th in the season’s first USA Today/NWCA Division I Top 25 coaches poll.
The Beavers are the only Pac-12 Conference team in the Top 25. Stanford was the leader among those also receiving votes.
Iowa received four of the 12 first-place votes and totaled 286 points to narrowly edge Minnesota for the top spot. Minnesota received seven first-place votes.
Three-time defending NCAA champion Penn State received the other first-place vote. The USA Today/NWCA Division I coaches poll is voted on by a team’s dual strength, not projected tournament points.
The Beavers were also ranked No. 24 by Intermat and No. 25 by the Associated Wrestling Press earlier this fall.
Also, senior Taylor Meeks and sophomore Amarveer Dhesi are ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News’ preseason top-20s for their weight class. Dhesi is No. 7 at heavyweight and Meeks is No. 8 at 184 pounds.
Meeks is also ranked No. 7 by Intermat, No. 9 by The Open Mat, and No. 10 by the Associated Wrestling Press. Dhesi is ranked No. 7 by The Open Mat, the Associated Wrestling Press and Intermat.
The Beavers open the season at 7 p.m. Thursday with the annual intrasquad meet at Gill Coliseum. Tournament action starts on Sunday at the Mike Clock Open in Forest Grove.