INDIANAPOLIS – The first NCAA wrestling awards are set to be given out Saturday at the upcoming NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wis.
The three awards, approved by the NCAA Wrestling Committee prior to the start of the 2012 season, will honor Division III’s most dominant wrestler as well as the wrestlers who have accumulated the most falls and the most tech falls throughout the course of the regular season and postseason.
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The race to the finish line in the awards standings will be determined at the championships as all but two wrestlers in the top three of the current standings are listed among the field of competitors.
Leading the Most Dominant Wrestler Award standings is the championships’ No. 2 seed at 184 pounds Josef Rau of Elmhurst with 4.957 points. The point total is calculated by adding the total number of points awarded through match results and dividing that number by the total number of matches wrestled. Rau is trailed by the top-seeded wrestler at 174 pounds Jules Doliscar of Ithaca, who has 4.923 points. TCNJ’s Mike Denver, who is the No. 1 seed at 184 pounds, rounds out the top three with 4.875 points.
Leading the standings in most falls is Timothy Wunnicke of Wisconsin-Platteville. The tournament’s No. 8 seed at 133 pounds paces the pack with 22 pins this year. He owns a comfortable lead over a quartet of wrestlers currently tied for second in the standings with 19 falls each; Jules Doliscar of Ithaca (174 pounds), Austin Karls of the Milwuakee School of Engineering (heavyweight), Michael Letcher of Ohio Northern (157 pounds) and George Markou of Trine (165 pounds).
Ohio Northern 174-pounder Kyle Kwiat takes the most tech falls lead into the championships having amassed 15 this season. His closest competitor is Brent Lowe of McDaniel (157 pounds) who has 12 tech falls to date.
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