INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA awarded the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Awards at the respective Division I, II and III Wrestling Championships over the last two weekends.

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.

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

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In Division I, Penn State 149-pounder Zain Retherford marched to his second consecutive national championship with four tech falls and a fall in the semifinals to wrap up the Most Dominant Wrestler Award with an average of 5.56 team points per match. Teammate Jason Nolf finished second after winning the national championship at 157 pounds as the Nittany Lions won their sixth team national championship in the last seven years.

Heavyweight Austin Goergen of St. Cloud State scored three consecutive falls on his way to a third-place finish at the Division II Wrestling Championships to wrap up the Most Dominant Wrestler award with an average of 4.83 team points per match.

Riley Lefever of Wabash made history by becoming only the second Division III wrestler to win four national championships by marching through the 197-pound bracket with three falls and a major decision to claim his second consecutive Most Dominant Wrestler Award with 5.79 team points per match.

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.

* 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 final Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated with a 17-match minimum against wrestlers from the same division.

Cornell 184-pounder Gabe Dean earned the award for most falls in Division I with 17 this season. He finished in a three-way tie with Retherford and Penn State 184-pounder Bo Nickal, but won the tiebreaker by compiling his falls in 40:20, 14 minutes faster than Nickal.

Tiffin heavyweight Garrett Gray scored three falls on his way to the national championship, including beating Kameron Teacher of Notre Dame (Ohio) in 1:23 in the final, to win the award in Division II with 19 falls.

Hunter Harris of Messiah won the Division III award for most falls with 30, which led all divisions and was four more than heavyweight All-American Jake Evans of Waynesburg in second.

Virginia 125-pounder Jack Mueller picked up a tech fall in his opening match of the Division I Wrestling Championships on his way to an All-American finish to earn the award for most tech falls this season with 12, one more than Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery and Michigan’s Logan Massa.

Nic Goebel of Findlay earned All-America honors at 149 pounds with a third-place finish at the national championships and takes home the award for most tech falls with 11 this season in Division II.

Stephen Jarrell of Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) was the national runner-up at 165 pounds at the Division III Wrestling Championships and claimed the award for most tech falls this season with 18, five more than anyone else in Division III.

NCAA Stat Leaders - Most Dominant
Division I
Rank Name School Weight Avg. Team Points
1 Zain Retherford Penn St. 149 5.56
2 Jason Nolf Penn St. 157 5.26
3 Gabriel Dean Cornell 184 4.97
4 Bo Nickal Penn St. 184 4.85
5 Zahid Valencia Arizona St. 174 4.41
6 J`den Cox Missouri 197 4.37
7 Seth Gross South Dakota St. 133 4.35
8 Thomas Gilman Iowa 125 4.25
9 Mark Hall Penn St. 174 4.06
10 Isaiah Martinez Illinois 165 4.03
         
Division II
Rank Name School Weight Avg. Team Points
1 Austin Goergen St. Cloud St. 285 4.83
2 Garrett Gray Tiffin 285 4.77
3 Jacob Waste California Baptist 197 4.48
4 Nick Becker Wis.-Parkside 174 4.35
5 Cody Law Pitt.-Johnstown 157 4.28
6 Francis Mizia Mercyhurst 165 4.27
7 Blake Bosch MSU Moorhead 133 4.10
8 Nicholas Fiegener California Baptist 184 4.04
9 Nate Rodriguez Maryville (MO) 141 3.96
10 Nic Goebel Findlay 149 3.76
         
Division III
Rank Name School Weight Avg. Team Points
1 Riley Lefever Wabash 197 5.79
2 Robert Dierna SUNY Cortland 157 5.10
3 Eric DeVos Wartburg 174 4.89
4 Lucas Malmberg Messiah 125 4.68
5 Troy Stanich Stevens 133 4.65
6 Lance Evans Wartburg 285 4.52
7 Zachery Roseberry Delaware Valley 285 4.50
8 Dan Del Gallo Southern Me. 149 4.41
9 Stephen Jarrell Johnson & Wales (RI) 165 4.33
9 Jake Evans Waynesburg 285 4.33
Most dominant rankings are based off of a minimum of 17 matches
NCAA Stat Leaders - Falls
Division I
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Gabriel Dean Cornell 184 17 40:20
2 Bo Nickal Penn St. 184 17 54:45
3 Zain Retherford Penn St. 149 17 62:07
4 Chad Walsh Rider 165 16 71:54
5 Jason Nolf Penn St. 157 14 48:49
6 Ross Larson Oklahoma 285 13 26:36
7 Zahid Valencia Arizona St. 174 13 32:55
8 Adam Mackie Lock Haven 197 12 25:52
9 Mark Hall Penn St. 174 12 36:30
10 Seth Gross South Dakota St. 133 11 36:52
           
Division II
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Garrett Gray Tiffin 285 19 46:27
2 Austin Goergen St. Cloud St. 285 16 29:35
3 Ronald Wardleigh Western St. 125 16 53:04
4 Kevin Barrett Neb.-Kearney 285 13 35:14
5 Tyler Reinhart Pitt.-Johnstown 165 11 16:19
6 Payton Tawater Colorado Mesa 157 11 18:36
7 James Lehman Wis.-Parkside 197 11 23:52
8 Joshua Ailey Central Okla. 141 11 26:01
9 Carmine Ciotti Gannon 133 11 31:52
10 Francis Mizia Mercyhurst 165 11 33:04
           
Division III
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Hunter Harris Messiah 133 30 89:18
2 Jake Evans Waynesburg 285 26 68:02
3 Guy Patron Loras 197 20 44:22
4 Troy Stanich Stevens 133 20 64:51
5 AJ Kowal Stevens 197 18 43:34
6 Corbin Bunsold Otterbein 184 18 48:50
7 DJ Tirelli Johnson & Wales (RI) 141 17 28:01
8 Riley Lefever Wabash 197 17 33:00
9 Anthony Arroyo Baldwin Wallace 165 17 51:48
10 Triston Engle Brockport 197 16 29:33
NCAA Stat Leaders - Tech Falls
Division I
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Jack Mueller Virginia 125 12 49:56
2 Connor Medbery Wisconsin 285 11 51:20
3 Logan Massa Michigan 165 11 61:41
4 Timothy Dudley Nebraska 184 10 48:07
5 Isaiah Martinez Illinois 165 10 53:24
6 Ronald Perry Lock Haven 141 10 64:49
7 Te`Shan Campbell Pittsburgh 165 9 38:15
8 Ethan Lizak Minnesota 125 9 45:47
9 Kyle Shoop Lock Haven 149 9 47:43
10 Thomas Haines Lock Haven 285 9 54:23
           
Division II
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Nic Goebel Findlay 149 11 67:24
2 Nicholas Fiegener California Baptist 184 10 35:56
3 Martin Ramirez Adams St. 133 8 27:31
4 Eric Lewandowski Gannon 157 8 30:48
5 Willie Bohince Mercyhurst 125 8 44:25
6 Jacob Waste California Baptist 197 8 45:26
7 Francis Mizia Mercyhurst 165 7 26:45
8 Jason Buhr Colorado Mesa 165 7 30:55
9 Nolan Kistler California Baptist 174 7 33:45
10 Cody Law Pitt.-Johnstown 157 7 39:47
           
Division III
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Stephen Jarrell Johnson & Wales (RI) 165 18 105:11
2 Alex Kramer Ursinus 149 13 46:49
3 Ben Swarr Messiah 174 13 79:04
4 Seth Lansberry Lycoming 149 12 50:01
5 Lucas Malmberg Messiah 125 12 66:47
6 Jason Lynch Chicago 184 12 66:57
7 Zach Wilhelm Stevens 149 10 59:06
8 Carlos Fuentez Wheaton (IL) 125 10 60:54
9 Connor Brummett Wabash 165 10 62:55
10 Zach Joseph Springfield 157 9 44:08