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NCAA Release | January 29, 2014

Penn State's Taylor continues to lead Most Dominant standings


INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has released the updated standings for the 2014 NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler Awards, in addition to 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. All of the standings only include matches between wrestlers in the same division.

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 14 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 maintains his lead with an average of 5.2 points. Taylor, a 165-pounder, has the highest tally across all three divisions. Oklahoma 174-pounder Andrew Howe checks in second with an average of 4.8667 points, while Taylor’s teammate, Edward Ruth (184 pounds), comes in third with 4.5789 points.

Alex Johns of Indianapolis holds on to the top spot in Division II with a 4.3684 average at 125 pounds, while Findlay 184-pounder Adam Walters takes over second with an average of 4.2353 points. Newberry takes the next two spots, but reversed from last week.   Jeffrey Vesta (125 pounds) is third with 4.1053 points and William Young (141 pounds) is fourth with 4.05 points.

A new leader has emerged in Division III as 2013 NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler and two-time NCAA champion Nazar Kulchytskyy of Wisconsin-Oshkosh has a 5.1429 average at 165 pounds. Ohio Northern heavyweight Cody Lovejoy and Wartburg 174-pounder Landon Williams are tied for second with an average of 5.0588 points. 

In the falls standings, Indiana’s Taylor Walsh maintains his lead with 19 pins at 157 pounds, while Bucknell heavyweight Joe Stolfi pulls closer in second with 15 falls. Two more student-athletes have reached double figures as Harrison Hightower (165 pounds) of Ohio and Kevin Birmingham (149 pounds) of Davidson have 10 pins.

For the first time this season, Division II features a sole leader in pins with Western State 149-pounder Ian Steen moving into first with 10 falls.  The pack is close behind as four wrestlers have nine pins, led by Edwin Cooper of Upper Iowa whose pins at 149 pounds have come in a combined time of 14:39. 

Colin Lenhardt of Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) hangs on to the top spot in Division III with 17 pins at 184 pounds.  SUNY Oneonta’s Chad Obzud (197 pounds) is second with 15 pins and heavyweight Jamison Sacco of Western New England is third with 14 pins.

The tech fall standings in Division I features a close race between 133-pounders Cody Brewer of Oklahoma and Tyler Graff of Wisconsin.  The pair each have seven tech falls and Brewer holds the lead with a 1:59 advantage in combined time (38:14 to 40:13).  A duo of Nittany Lions is next in the standings as Taylor and Ruth each have six tech falls.

The lead in Division II also comes down to time as Austin Gillihan has six tech falls for Lake Erie at 133 pounds in 25:52, while Newberry’s Young has six in 29:56.

Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Shane Siefert leads all divisions with 10 tech falls at 197 pounds, four more than his nearest competitor.

1David TaylorPenn State1655.2
2Andrew HoweOklahoma1744.8667
3Edward RuthPenn State1844.5789
4Taylor WalshIndiana1574.5385
5Robert KokeshNebraska1744.3043
6Mathew BrownPenn State1744.2727
6Aaron (A.J.) SchoppEdinboro1334.2727
8James GreenNebraska1574.1364
9Scott SchillerMinnesota1974.05
10Nick GwiazdowskiNC State2854.0385
1Alex JohnsIndianapolis1254.3684
2Adam WaltersFindlay1844.2353
3Jeffrey VestaNewberry1254.1053
4William YoungNewberry1414.05
5Jordan BasksCentral Oklahoma1493.9545
6Cameryn BradyIndianapolis1493.8571
7Cory DauphinCentral Oklahoma1573.8125
8Brent FickelAshland1493.5789
9John Austin JonesKing1653.5
10Evan RamosShippensburg1843.4375
1Nazar KulchytskyyWisconsin-Oshkosh1655.1429
2Cody LovejoyOhio Northern2855.0588
3Landon WilliamsWartburg1745.0588
4Matthew TuttleAlma College1655
5Riley LefeverWabash1844.913
6Ryan FankWartburg2854.9
7Mark HartenstineWilkes1494.7083
8Colin LenhardtJohnson & Wales1844.6333
9Kaleb LohtMessiah1414.5
10Lucas MalmbergMessiah1254.4483

1Cody BrewerOklahoma133738:14
2Tyler GraffWisconsin133740:13
3David TaylorPenn State165638:08
4Edward RuthPenn State184639:58
5Joe ColonNorthern Iowa133529:10
6Logan StieberOhio State141414:48
7Chris PerryOklahoma State174418:04
8Tyler DeuelBinghamton285419:13
9Tyler CoxWyoming125421:17
10Austin TrottGardner-Webb165422:07
1Austin GillihanLake Erie133625:52
2William YoungNewberry141629:56
3Francis MiziaMercyhurst157417:46
4Bryden LazaroCal Baptist125419:54
5Seiji BorjaNewberry149424:22
6Michael LabryAshland133312:35
7Kyle WilliamsMcKendree149312:38
8Nicholas LeittenLimestone149317:35
9Helmut RentschlerTruman19725:28
10Chris MillerShippensburg13325:39
1Shane SiefertWisconsin-Whitewater1971042:49
2Zach JosephSpringfield149627:47
3Mark HartenstineWilkes149629:04
4Steven FeuchtOhio Northern149521:20
5Jayden DeVilbissLuther184525:56
6Daniel DownesRoger Williams149526:09
7Collin CrowellRoger Williams165529:53
8Anthony CarloUrsinus165532:32
9Maxx HubbardWisconsin-Whitewater141419:23
10Alex KramerUrsinus141420:04


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