As the NCAA awaits to announce when the Division I college wrestling season will take place, redshirt junior Noah Adams of the West Virginia University wrestling team has earned the No. 1 ranking at 197 pounds in WIN Magazine’s 2020-21 National Preseason Individual Rankings.
Adams, a native of Coal City, West Virginia, was crowned a Big 12 Champion at 197 pounds a year ago, completing the 2019 season with a 32-0 overall record, as well as a 13-0 mark against conference opponents.
In an impressive sophomore campaign, Adams was the first wrestler in program history to be named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Year and the second to be picked as a finalist for the WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy.
Adams, a No. 2-seed in the 197-pound bracket at the 2020 NCAA Tournament, also earned All-America First Team honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) for the first time in his career and received the 2020 Hardman Award, an honor given to West Virginia’s amateur athlete of the year, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Additionally, Adams was crowned the 197-pound champion at the prestigious Southern Schuffle last season and was awarded the event’s Most Outstanding Wrestler after going 5-0 with three wins over ranked opponents at the two-day tournament.
Off the mat, Adams was named a NWCA Scholar All-American and was listed on the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.
As a team, West Virginia ranks No. 24 in WIN Magazine’s 2020-21 Preseason Tournament Power Index (TPI). The TPI is an accumulation of potential national tournament points that are associated with individual wrestler’s rankings in WIN’s preseason poll and predicts how teams could finish at the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which are scheduled for March 18-20, in St. Louis, Missouri.