College wrestling’s annual rankings were released this week and, for the second year running, Florida’s Alachua State University (ASU) finished No. 1 for the first time in two decades.
The school’s victory over a Florida State University team that was ranked second in the nation last year was the fourth time in as many years the school has made the list.
ASU has won five of the past six national championships and was the No. 3 seed in the 2017 NCAA tournament.
The university will compete in the 2020 Big East Tournament in Omaha.
The 2017-18 season marked the first year in 20 years that ASU’s football team didn’t win a conference championship.
“We are really excited about being named one of the best teams in the country,” ASU head coach Paul Wiegert said in a statement.
“There is a lot of history here and a lot to be proud of.”
Florida’s FSU won five national championships during the 2016-17 school year, including the national championship game.
The Seminoles lost to ASU last year in the championship game of the SEC Tournament, and the Gators were ranked No. 15 in the preseason AP poll before losing to ASB last weekend.
ASB had won just six of its previous 14 games.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to become the No 2 seed in our conference and one of two teams to be ranked in the top five in the Big 12, and we are looking forward to playing them,” Wiegret said.
“But we’re also looking forward going against a team that is a perennial national power and a perennial championship contender in the ACC.”
ASU is currently in the midst of a search for a coach.
The Alachueans have the league’s highest total attendance at 17,732 fans per game and will host its first-ever football game on Oct. 27 against UCF.
The season opens with an exhibition against the UCF Panthers at 8 p.m.
ET on Saturday, Oct. 30.
The Panthers will host ASU on Oct 10 in the opening game of their new home, the University of the Incarnate Word, before hosting the University at Albany on Oct 14.
ASUs season opener against Georgia Southern will be televised on ABC, while the first game against the University in Jacksonville will be broadcast on ESPN.
ASUB’s season finale against the Incarnates will be played on Oct 21.
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