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NCAA.com | February 5, 2014

Taylor leads in weekly wrestling awards

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. 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 15 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 by raising his average to 5.2273 points. The 165-pounder’s tally is the highest across all three divisions. Oklahoma 174-pounder Andrew Howe checks in second with an average of 4.812 points, while Taylor’s teammate, Edward Ruth (184 pounds), comes in third with 4.667 points.

Division II features a new face at the top of the standings with Upper Iowa 149-pounder Edwin Cooper holding an average of 4.667 points, while Alex Johns of Indianapolis falls to second with his average of 4.3684 points at 125 pounds. Findlay 184-pounder Adam Walters is in third with 4.2353 points.

Just behind Taylor for the highest score in the NCAA is Division III’s leader. The 2013 NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler and two-time NCAA champion Nazar Kulchytskyy of Wisconsin-Oshkosh has a 5.1053 average at 165 pounds. Wartburg 174-pounder Landon Williams is second with an average of 4.9444 points and Riley Lefever of Wabash (184 pounds) is third with 4.913 points. 

In the falls standings, Indiana’s Taylor Walsh maintains his lead with 19 pins at 157 pounds, while Bucknell heavyweight Joe Stolfi added another pin to decrease his deficit with 16 falls. Kevin Birmingham, a 149-pounder from Davidson, is in sole possession of the third position with 11 falls and five more student-athletes each have 10 pins.

The standings in Division II are unchanged from last week as Western State 149-pounder Ian Steen leads the pack with 10 falls.  The pack is close behind as six wrestlers have nine pins, led by Upper Iowa’s Cooper whose pins at 149 pounds have come in a combined time of 14:39. 

A big week of four pins by Jamison Sacco of Western New England moves him into first place with 18 pins, while three additional wrestlers have 17 pins. That group is led by previous leader Colin Lenhardt of Johnson & Wales (184 pounds) with his pins coming in a combined time of 35:58.

The tech fall standings in Division I haven’t changed from last week with 133-pounders Cody Brewer of Oklahoma and Tyler Graff of Wisconsin each earning one tech fall to remain tied. Brewer holds the lead with a 1:59 advantage in combined time (45:14 to 47:13). Joe Colon of Northern Iowa (133 pounds) is third with seven tech falls in 41:43, while Nittany Lions’ Taylor and Ruth also have seven tech falls in slightly more time.

The lead has changed in Division II with Francis Mizia of Mercyhurst (157 pounds) reaching six tech falls in the lowest combined time (23:55), while Austin Gillihan still has six tech falls for Lake Erie at 133 pounds in 25:52 and Newberry’s William Young has six in 29:56 at 141 pounds.

Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Shane Siefert continues to lead all divisions with 10 tech falls at 197 pounds, three more than Wilkes 149-pounder Mark Hartenstine in second place.

1Taylor WalshIndiana1571959:56
2Joe StolfiBucknell2851644:09
3Kevin BirminghamDavidson1491130:50
4Harrison HightowerOhio1651019:52
5Dylan PetersNorthern Iowa1251024:53
6David TaylorPenn State1651031:21
7Brian RealbutoCornell1571036:17
8Chad WalshRider1491040:53
9Nick GwiazdowskiNorth Carolina State285924:44
10Ophir BernsteinBrown184927:55
1Ian SteenWestern State1491035:26
2Edwin CooperUpper Iowa149914:39
3Zachary BennettPittsburgh-Johnstown197920:08
4John Austin JonesKing (Tenn.)165920:45
5Jared HolidayNewberry184930:40
6Brent FickelAshland149934:51
7Jeffrey VestaNewberry125940:55
8Jordan BasksCentral Oklahoma149823:31
9Shelby MappesIndianapolis174710:18
10Tyler HouskaAshland285714:37
1Jamison SaccoWestern New England2851830:32
2Colin LenhardtJohnson & Wales (R.I.)1841735:58
3Cody LovejoyOhio Northern2851743:55
4Thomas ReyhonsAugustana (Ill.)1841745:54
5Matthew TuttleAlma1651642:50
6Chad ObzudOneonta State1971532:11
7Lucas MalmbergMessiah1251362:54
8Tyler BrentRIT1841232:47
9Nick FullerWartburg1741121:16
10Taylor GohnWheaton (Ill.)2851131:36

1Cody BrewerOklahoma133845:14
2Tyler GraffWisconsin133847:13
3Joe ColonNorthern Iowa133741:43
4David TaylorPenn State165743:22
5Edward RuthPenn State184745:37
6Logan StieberOhio State141521:48
7Chris PerryOklahoma State174418:04
8Alex HudsonChattanooga157418:20
9Tyler DeuelBinghamton University285419:13
10Robert KokeshNebraska174420:08
1Francis MiziaMercyhurst157623:55
2Austin GillihanLake Erie133625:52
3William YoungNewberry141629:56
4Michael LabryAshland133419:35
5Bryden LazaroCal Baptist125419:54
6Seiji BorjaNewberry149424:22
7Casy RowellCentral Oklahoma133427:30
8Kyle WilliamsMcKendree149312:38
9August MiziaMercyhurst174313:02
10Nicholas LeittenLimestone149317:35
1Shane SiefertWisconsin-Whitewater1971042:49
2Mark HartenstineWilkes149732:33
3Zach JosephSpringfield149627:47
4Steven FeuchtOhio Northern149521:20
5Jayden DeVilbissLuther184525:56
6Daniel DownesRoger Williams149526:09
7Gerard RomanWartburg184528:55
8Collin CrowellRoger Williams165529:53
9Anthony CarloUrsinus165532:32
10Ian GillespieHeidelberg141416:14

1David TaylorPenn State1655.2273
2Andrew HoweOklahoma1744.8125
3Edward RuthPenn State1844.6667
3Logan StieberOhio State1414.6667
5Taylor WalshIndiana1574.4815
6Mathew BrownPenn State1744.3333
6Robert KokeshNebraska1744.3333
8Aaron (A.J.) SchoppEdinboro1334.3043
9Scott SchillerMinnesota1974.1429
10Nick GwiazdowskiNorth Carolina State2854.1111
1Edwin CooperUpper Iowa1494.6667
2Alex JohnsIndianapolis1254.3684
3Adam WaltersFindlay1844.2353
4Jeffrey VestaNewberry1254.1053
5Cory DauphinCentral Oklahoma1574.0526
6William YoungNewberry1414
7Cameryn BradyIndianapolis1493.8571
8Jordan BasksCentral Oklahoma1493.72
9Zach VoytekSeton Hill1573.7059
10Brent FickelAshland1493.6667
1Nazar KulchytskyyWisconsin-Oshkosh1655.1053
2Landon WilliamsWartburg1744.9444
3Riley LefeverWabash1844.913
4Ryan FankWartburg2854.8095
5Mark HartenstineWilkes1494.7692
6Matthew TuttleAlma1654.6957
7Colin LenhardtJohnson & Wales (R.I.)1844.6774
8Cody LovejoyOhio Northern2854.6296
9Lucas MalmbergMessiah1254.4118
10Kaleb LohtMessiah1414.3793

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