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INDIANAPOLIS -- Initial standings for the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be revealed in March at the Divisions I, II and III championships have been released.

The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 championships. The three awards, given at each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler, as well as the student-athletes who have accumulated the most falls and the most tech falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.

For falls and tech falls to be counted toward a student-athlete's total they must come against opponents in the same division. Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time of the pins achieved.

The first standings of the season have Bloomsburg’s Mike Dessino leading all wrestlers with 13 pins. Dessino (174 pounds) holds a three-pin lead in the Division I standings over Kent State’s Dustin Kilgore (197 pounds), who has 10.

Jan Steven Ulinski, of Findlay (149 pounds), leads the Division II standings with seven falls. He is trailed by a trio of wrestlers with six pins each, in 157-pounder Louden Gordon (8 minutes, 54 seconds), of Notre Dame (Ohio); California Baptist’s Taylor Hall (16:28, 125 pounds); and Newberry’s William Young (17:28, 141).

Heavyweight Jordan Koranda, of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, narrowly leads the Division III standings with 11 falls. Jordan Richardson (174 pounds), of Augustana (Ill.), also has 11 falls, but Koranda leads because his cumulative time of 22:15 in securing the falls betters Richardson’s time of 25:53.

Topping this week’s tech fall standings in Division I is Cornell’s Nahshon Garrett with six. Seven other wrestlers are on the heels of Garrett (125 pounds), having secured five tech falls apiece.

The threesome of Dylan D’Urso (Mercyhurst, 133 pounds), Zev Green (Lake Erie College, 174) and Shamus O’Grady (St. Cloud State, 174) each have recorded a Division II-high three tech falls. D’Urso tops this week’s standings with an aggregate time of 12:50. Green and O’Grady follow with times of 14:40 and 14:56, respectively.

Ohio Northern’s Kyle Kwiat (174 pounds) is dominating the Division III tech fall standings with 10. His nearest competitor is Ursinus’ Elisha Gaylor (141 pounds), who has collected seven.

The Most Dominant Wrestler category is calculated by adding the total number of points awarded through match results and dividing that number by the total number of matches wrestled. Points per match are awarded as follows (a 12-match minimum is required to be eligible for the Most Dominant award):

• Fall, forfeit, injury default or DQ = 6 points (-6 points for a loss)
• Tech falls = 5 points (-5 points for a loss)
• Major decision = 4 points (-4 points for a loss)
• Decision = 3 points (-3 points for a loss)

The initial Most Dominant Wrestler standings will be released on Jan. 23 in order to allow wrestlers to achieve the 12-match minimum that is required to be eligible.

DI: TOP 10 FALL LEADERS
RANK FALLS TIME NAME SCHOOL WT. CLASS
1 13 34:13 Mike Dessino Bloomsburg 174
2 10 23:01 Dustin Kilgore Kent State 197
3 8 18:04 Logan Stieber Ohio State 133
4 8 18:26 Kyle Dake Cornell 157
5 8 21:36 Cole VonOhlen Air Force 149
6 8 23:03 Nick Gwiazdowski North Carolina State 285
7 8 24:03 Zac Thomusseit Pittsburgh 285
8 8 25:43 Evan Henderson North Carolina 141
9 7 11:13 Kevin Beazley Old Dominion 197
10 7 13:50 Harrison Hightower Ohio 165
DI: TOP 10 TECH FALL LEADERS
RANK TECH FALLS TIME NAME SCHOOL WT. CLASS
1 6 39:17 Nahshon Garrett Cornell 125
2 5 29:46 Robert Rehm Lock Haven 125
3 5 30:45 Josh Ihnen Nebraska 184
4 5 31:27 Ben Bennett Central Michigan 184
5 5 31:37 David Taylor Penn State 165
6 5 33:52 Chris Perry Oklahoma State 174
7 5 35:00 Bobby Barnhisel Navy 157
7 5 35:00 Mason Beckman Lehigh 133
9 4 18:27 James Gulibon Penn State 133
10 4 21:48 Logan Stieber Ohio State 133

Related:
• Standings: Division II | Division III