INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has released the initial standings for the 2014 NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler Awards and the second round of standings for the most falls and tech falls within Divisions I, II and III. These awards will be presented in March at the respective NCAA Wrestling Championships.

The Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated by adding the total number of points awarded through match results and dividing that number by the total number of matches wrestled. Points awarded per match are as follows:

• 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)

This week a minimum of 13 matches are required to be eligible for the Most Dominant Wrestler standings. That required match total will increase by one per week until 18 matches is reached. Athletes redshirting the 2014 season are not eligible for any of the award standings.

In the Most Dominant standings, 2012 NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler David Taylor of Penn State leads the way with an average of 5.2632 points. The 165-pounder’s tally is the highest across all three divisions. Oklahoma 174-pounder Andrew Howe checks in second with 4.9286 points, while Taylor Walsh of Indiana (157 pounds) comes in third with 4.84 points.

Division II is paced by Alex Johns of Indianapolis with a 4.5714 average at 125 pounds, while Central Oklahoma 149-pounder Jordan Basks follows with an average of 4.1053 points. Newberry takes the next two spots with William Young (141 pounds) and Jeffrey Vesta (125 pounds) putting up 3.8824 and 3.75 points, respectively.

Ohio Northern heavyweight Cody Lovejoy and Alma 165-pounder Matthew Tuttle are tied for the lead in Division III with an average of 5.0588 points. Closely behind the top duo is 184-pounder Riley Lefever of Wabash with an even average of five points.

In the falls standings, Indiana’s Walsh maintains his lead with 19 pins at 157 pounds, while Bucknell heavyweight Joe Stolfi has added a pair of pins to pull closer in second with 14 falls.The rest of the pack is bunched with five wrestlers tied for third with nine pins.

A four-way tie exists in Division II at eight pins each, but Edwin Cooper of Upper Iowa at 149 pounds takes the top spot this week with his falls coming in a combined time of 13:32. Two more wrestlers at 149 pounds are second and third with Ian Steen of Western State (30:05) and Brent Fickel of Ashland (33:58). Newberry’s Vesta rounds out the quartet with his eight pins taking 40:14. Five more wrestlers follow closely behind with seven pins this season.

A two-pin week allowed Colin Lenhardt of Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) to hang on to the top spot in Division III with 16 pins at 184 pounds. Western New England heavyweight Jamison Sacco is second with 14 pins in 21:33, while SUNY Oneonta’s Chad Obzud (197 pounds) is third with 14 pins in 30:36.

In the tech fall standings, Cody Brewer of Oklahoma (133 pounds) leads Division I with seven, while a pair of Nittany Lions is close behind with six. Taylor is second with his coming in a combined time of 38:08 and Penn State’s 184-pounder Edward Ruth has six tech falls in a combined 39:58.

Austin Gillihan has six tech falls in Division II for Lake Erie at 133 pounds, two more than a trio of wrestlers.

Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Shane Siefert leads Division III with an NCAA-high eight tech falls this season at 197 pounds, two more than his nearest competitor.

A complete listing of this week’s NCAA Wrestling Awards standings is as follows:

MOST DOMINANT
RANKNAMESCHOOLWT. CLASSPOINTS
  DIVISION I  
1David TaylorPenn State1655.2632
2Andrew HoweOklahoma1744.9286
3Taylor WalshIndiana1574.84
4Edward RuthPenn State1844.6111
5Robert KokeshNebraska1744.381
6Mathew BrownPenn State1744.2857
7James GreenNebraska1574.2
7Aaron (A.J.) SchoppEdinboro1334.2
9Scott SchillerMinnesota1974.0526
10Nick GwiazdowskiNC State2854.0417
  DIVISION II   
1Alex JohnsIndianapolis1254.5714
2Jordan BasksCentral Oklahoma1494.1053
3William YoungNewberry1413.8824
4Jeffrey VestaNewberry1253.75
5Cory DauphinCentrl Oklahoma1573.7143
5Garrett FosdyckKing College2853.7143
7Cameryn BradyIndianapolis1493.6875
8Brent FickelAshland1493.5789
9Michael LabryAshland1333.375
10Braden TurnerEast Stroudsburg1573.3529
  DIVISION III  
1Cody LovejoyOhio Northern2855.0588
1Matthew TuttleAlma1655.0588
3Riley LefeverWabash1845
4Landon WilliamsWartburg1744.9333
5Colin LenhardtJohnson & Wales1844.9259
6Everet DesiletsJohnson & Wales1574.9231
7Ryan FankWartburg2854.7778
8Conner LefeverWabash1744.619
9Mark HartenstineWilkes1494.6
10Shane SiefertWisconsin-Whitewater1974.5882

 

FALL LEADERS
RANKNAMESCHOOLWT. CLASSPINSTIME
  DIVISION I   
1Taylor WalshIndiana1571959:56
2Joe StolfiBucknell2851439:52
3Harrison HightowerOhio165918:19
4Kevin BirminghamDavidson149926:16
5David TaylorPenn State165929:28
6Brian RealbutoCornell157933:37
7Aaron (A.J.) SchoppEdinboro133936:34
8Ian MillerKent State157816:51
9Jakob ScheffelWest Virginia174819:23
10Dylan PetersNorthern Iowa125821:09
  DIVISION II    
1Edwin CooperUpper Iowa149813:32
2Ian SteenWestern State149830:05
3Brent FickelAshland149833:58
4Jeffrey VestaNewberry125840:14
5Tyler HouskaAshland285714:37
6Rosborough EvanLake Erie197714:49
7John Austin JonesKing College165718:52
8Jordan BasksCentral Oklahoma149721:11
9Jared HolidayNewberry184724:50
10D'Marcus SpencerKing College133611:06
  DIVISION III    
1Colin LenhardtJohnson & Wales1841634:55
2Jamison SaccoWestern New England2851421:33
3Chad ObzudOneonta State1971430:36
4Thomas ReyhonsAugustana (Ill.)1841331:55
5Matthew TuttleAlma College1651333:05
6Tyler BrentRIT1841232:47
7Taylor GohnWheaton (Ill.)2851131:36
8Cody LovejoyOhio Northern2851133:11
9Riley LefeverWabash1841027:15
10Josh ThomsonMessiah1841030:08
 

TECH FALL LEADERS
RANKNAMESCHOOLWT. CLASSTFSTIME
  DIVISION I    
1Cody BrewerOklahoma133738:14
2David TaylorPenn State165638:08
3Edward RuthPenn State184639:58
4Joe ColonNorthern Iowa133529:10
5Tyler GraffWisconsin133532:00
6Logan StieberOhio State141414:48
7Chris PerryOklahoma State174418:04
8Tyler DeuelBinghamton285419:13
9Austin TrottGardner-Webb165422:07
10Gabriel DeanCornell184423:10
  DIVISION II    
1Austin GillihanLake Erie133625:52
2Francis MiziaMercyhurst157417:46
3Bryden LazaroCal Baptist125419:54
4Seiji BorjaNewberry149424:22
5Michael LabryAshland133312:35
6Kyle WilliamsMcKendree149312:38
7Nicholas LeittenLimestone149317:35
8William YoungNewberry141320:15
9Helmut RentschlerTruman19725:28
10August MiziaMercyhurst17428:15
10Andrew PokornySt. Cloud State13328:15
  DIVISION III    
1Shane SiefertWisconsin-Whitewater197834:38
2Mark HartenstineWilkes149629:04
3Steven FeuchtOhio Northern149521:20
4Zach JosephSpringfield149523:14
5Jayden DeVilbissLuther184525:56
6Daniel DownesRoger Williams149526:09
7Maxx HubbardWisconsin-Whitewater141419:23
8Alex KramerUrsinus141420:04
9Kyle DayhoffMessiah165422:29
10Collin CrowellRoger Williams165423:48