INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA handed out the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Awards at the Divisions I, II and III Wrestling Championships earlier this month.

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

In Division I, 149-pound national champion Zain Retherford of Penn State broke a tie with teammate Jason Nolf with three falls and a tech fall at Madison Square Garden to finish with an average of 5.00 team points per match, which helped the Nittany Lions to their fifth national championship in the last six years. Dan Hodge Trophy winner Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State came in second with an average of 4.709 points after winning his third consecutive national championship.

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 per match are awarded as follows and based on a minimum of 17 matches in the division.

* 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)

Navy 184-pounder Mathew Miller had three falls in the wrestlebacks on his way to a fifth-place All-American finish at the Division I championships and the trophy for most falls with 18 this season.

Sophomore Isaiah Martinez of Illinois picked up his 14th tech fall of the season in the first round on his way to a second consecutive national championship and his second trophy for the most tech falls in Division I.

For falls and tech falls to be counted towards a student-athletes total they must come against opponents in the same division. Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time.

In Division II, 184-pound national runner-up Travis McKillop of Pittsburgh-Johnstown claimed the trophy for Most Dominant Wrestler with an average of 4.44 points per match. Teammates Clint Poster and Austin Goergen of team champion St. Cloud State took the next two spots.

The crown for most falls in Division II came down to the aggregate time tiebreaker as Joshua Ailey of Central Oklahoma and Ronald Wardleigh of Western State each accumulated 15 falls this season. Ailey’s aggregate time of 35:20 surpassed Wardleigh’s 40:41 to be awarded the trophy in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Martin Ramirez’ 16-0 tech fall over Matt Paulus of Upper Iowa in the wrestlebacks propelled him to an All-American finish for Adams State and was his 10th tech fall of the season, which was the most in Division II.

Wabash 184-pounder Riley Lefever had two falls and two major decisions to wrap up his third national championship and second Most Dominant Wrestler Award. Lefever became just the 16th three-time national champion in Division III history. The junior will try to join Augsburg's Marcus LeVesseur next year as the only four-time champs.

Lefever nearly claimed a second trophy as he tied AJ Kowal with 22 falls this season, but the All-American from Stevens Institute of Technology won the tiebreaker with an aggregate time of 45:52, which was more than 11 minutes faster than Lefever.

The 184-pound weight class swept the wrestling awards in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as College at Brockport’s Jeff Palmeri took the award for most tech falls with 14 this season.

NCAA Stat Leaders - Most Dominant
Division I
Rank Name School Weight Avg. Team Points
1 Zain Retherford Penn St. 149 5.00
2 Alex Dieringer Oklahoma St. 165 4.709
3 Jason Nolf Penn St. 157 4.706
4 Nahshon Garrett Cornell 133 4.47
5 Nick Gwiazdowski North Carolina St. 285 4.42
6 Morgan McIntosh Penn St. 197 4.39
7 Gabriel Dean Cornell 184 4.18
8 Isaiah Martinez Illinois 157 4.16
9 J`Den Cox Missouri 197 4.13
10 Thomas Gilman Iowa 125 4.11
Division II
Rank Name School Weight Avg. Team Points
1 Travis McKillop Pitt.-Johnstown 184 4.44
2 Clint Poster St. Cloud St. 165 4.40
3 Austin Goergen St. Cloud St. 285 4.36
4 Romero Cotton Neb.-Kearney 197 4.35
5 Garrett Grey Tiffin 285 4.31
6 Joey Davis Notre Dame (OH) 184 4.19
7 Joseph Fagiano California Baptist 285 4.17
8 Nick Becker Wis.-Parkside 174 4.10
9 Aero Amo Augustana (SD) 184 3.91
10 Terrel Wilbourn Lindenwood (MO) 157 3.86
Division III
Rank Name School Weight Avg. Team Points
1 Riley Lefever Wabash 184 5.65
2 Donald Longendyke Augsburg 285 5.23
3 AJ Kowal Stevens 184 4.78
4 Josh Thomson Messiah 184 4.68
5 Christoper Chorzepa Williams 184 4.62
6 Lance Evans Wartburg 285 4.60
7 Lucas Malmberg Messiah 125 4.42
8 Angus Arthur Adrian 197 4.32
9 Zachery Roseberry Delaware Valley 285 4.29
10 Derek Arnold Ursinus 149 4.19
NCAA Stat Leaders - Tech Falls
Division I
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Isaiah Martinez Illinois 157 14 64:01
2 Jason Nolf Penn St. 157 10 64:11
3 Nate Brown Lehigh 184 8 35:43
4 Zain Retherford Penn St. 149 8 48:12
5 Tom Sleigh Bucknell 184 7 33:00
6 Nahshon Garrett Cornell 133 7 33:55
7 Rick Durso Frank. & Marsh. 141 7 34:19
8 Bo Nickal Penn St. 174 7 39:13
9 Nathan Tomasello Ohio St. 125 7 42:02
10 Alex Dieringer Oklahoma St. 165 6 22:20
Division II
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Martin Ramirez Adams St. 133 10 32:57
2 Francis Mizia Mercyhurst 165 9 34:15
3 August Mizia Mercyhurst 174 8 25:51
4 Joseph Alessandro Seton Hill 141 8 42:11
5 Ryan Beltz Maryville (MO) 197 8 43:32
6 Austin Goergen St. Cloud St. 285 7 30:02
7 Garrett Lineberger Notre Dame (OH) 197 7 31:53
8 Jordan Rinken Upper Iowa 157 7 36:55
9 Bryce Killian King (TN) 141 7 37:55
10 Dominick Nania Wheeling Jesuit 149 6 23:54
Division III
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Jeff Palmeri Brockport 184 14 74:23
2 Michael Fleck Wilkes 125 13 52:44
3 Doug Hamann TCNJ 174 11 57:02
4 Zach Joseph Springfield 149 11 58:02
5 Lucas Malmberg Messiah 125 11 65:13
6 Eric Devos Wartburg 174 10 34:31
7 Nathan Pike NYU 133 10 50:50
8 Dustin Weinmann Wis.-La Crosse 133 10 51:01
9 Asher Kramer Brockport 125 9 48:57
10 Gerard Roman Wartburg 197 8 18:21
NCAA Stat Leaders - Falls
Division I
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Mathew Miller Navy 184 18 48:39
2 Zain Retherford Penn St. 149 15 49:24
3 Jason Nolf Penn St. 157 15 52:15
4 Michael Woulfe Navy 197 15 59:52
5 Joe Stolfi Bucknell 285 13 48:22
6 Alex Dieringer Oklahoma St. 165 11 21:59
7 Morgan McIntosh Penn St. 197 10 33:52
8 Nathan Kraisser Campbell 133 10 50:50
9 Mike Hughes Hofstra 285 9 11:17
10 Jeric Kasunic American 197 9 16:48
Division II
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Joshua Ailey Central Okla. 141 15 35:20
2 Ronald Wardleigh Western St. 125 15 40:41
3 Garrett Grey Tiffin 285 14 28:47
4 Travis McKillop Pitt.-Johnstown 184 13 16:49
5 Romero Cotton Neb.-Kearney 197 12 30:14
6 Jacob Mitchell Colorado St.-Pueblo 285 11 15:20
7 Dominick Nania Wheeling Jesuit 149 11 20:31
8 Jon Inman Fort Hays St. 184 11 39:51
9 Clint Poster St. Cloud St. 165 11 40:30
10 Nate Rodriguez Maryville (MO) 141 11 50:37
Division III
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 AJ Kowal Stevens 184 22 45:52
2 Riley Lefever Wabash 184 22 57:26
3 Josh Thomson Messiah 184 20 63:10
4 Donald Longendyke Augsburg 285 19 43:49
5 Justin Cochran Roger Williams 141 18 30:31
6 Ryan O`Boyle McDaniel 133 18 38:29
7 Austin Sisco Western New Eng. 133 18 60:13
8 Christoper Chorzepa Williams 184 17 34:44
9 Mike Spencer York (PA) 285 16 30:56
10 Garrett Beaman St. Olaf 174 16 42:05