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.