In the end, Norwalk moved up one spot.
The Truckers (21-0) finished No. 2 in Division I, earning two first place votes to finish a single point ahead of Cincinnati Walnut Hills (20-1). Norwalk earned 139 points to Walnut Hills' 138.
Norwalk was nearly in position to finish as poll champions, but No. 1 Columbus Northland (22-0) scored a putback basket in overtime to beat Columbus Africentric (No. 5, Div. IV) at the buzzer, 55-53.
Norwalk extended its regular season winning streak to 42 games with a pair of wins over the weekend. The Truckers beat Willard on Friday, 78-43, and Huron on the road Saturday, 76-54.
Norwalk finished No. 11 in last season's final Division I poll.
It is the highest area boys basketball ranking since Willard also finished No. 2 in the final 2005-06 Div. II poll. The Flashes reached the regional championship that year, falling to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary by a 65-63 score.