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NCAA.com | February 12, 2014

Big Ten owns top two in weekly Most Dominant Wrestler 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. 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 16 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, the top spot in Division I remains in Pennsylvania where the 2012 winner, David Taylor of Penn State, holds the lead with an average of 5.1739 points at 165 pounds, which is the highest average across all three divisions. The Big Ten is also represented in the second position as two-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber, a 141-pounder from Ohio State, moves up with 4.6875 points and Oklahoma 174-pounder Andrew Howe checks in third with an average of 4.6667 points.

Edwin Cooper, a 149-pounder from Upper Iowa, keeps the top position in Division II by raising his average to 4.75 points.  Dylan D’Urso of Mercyhurst (141 pounds) moves into second place with an average of 4.4375 and 125-pounder Alex Johns of Indianapolis is third with 4.3684 points.

Still just behind Taylor for the highest score in the NCAA is Division III leader Nazar Kulchytskyy. The 2013 NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler and two-time NCAA champion from Wisconsin-Oshkosh has a 5.1053 average at 165 pounds. The second and third spot are swapped from last week with Riley Lefever of Wabash (184 pounds) in second with 4.9583 points and Wartburg 174-pounder Landon Williams in third with an average of 4.95 points. 

In the falls standings, Indiana’s Taylor Walsh is tied for the all-division lead with 20 pins at 157 pounds, while Bucknell heavyweight Joe Stolfi follows with 17 pins. Five additional wrestlers have also reached 10 or more pins on the season.

Three pins last week move John Austin Jones of King (Tenn.) into first place with 12 pins at 165 pounds and 197-pounder Zachary Bennett of Pittsburgh-Johnstown is alone in second with 11 pins after two finishes last week.

Division III has another new leader as Ohio Northern heavyweight Cody Lovejoy had three pins last week to tie Walsh in Division I as the national leader with 20 pins. Colin Lenhardt of Johnson & Wales (184 pounds) is right behind with 19 pins and two more wrestlers have picked up 18 pins. Heavyweight Jamison Sacco of Western New England leads that pair with his pins coming in a combined time of 30:32, while 184-pounder Thomas Reyhons of Augustana (Ill.) has 18 pins in 48:20.

The tech fall standings in Division I show a change at the top with Northern Iowa 133-pounder Joe Colon moving into first with nine after he earned two last week.  With no tech falls last week, 133-pounders Cody Brewer of Oklahoma and Tyler Graff of Wisconsin are right behind Colon with eight each.

Last week’s tie at the top was broken in Division II by Lake Erie 133-pounder Austin Gillihan picking up one tech fall for his seventh of the season.  Francis Mizia of Mercyhurst (157 pounds) and William Young of Newberry (141 pounds) follow Gillihan with six tech falls.

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

1David TaylorPenn State1655.1739
2Logan StieberOhio State1414.6875
3Andrew HoweOklahoma1744.6667
3Edward RuthPenn State1844.5909
5Taylor WalshIndiana1574.5357
6Robert KokeshNebraska1744.32
6Aaron (A.J.) SchoppEdinboro1334.3043
8Mitchell PortEdinboro1414.1111
9Nick GwiazdowskiN.C. State2854.1071
10James GreenNebraska1574.0417
1Edwin CooperUpper Iowa1494.75
2Dylan D'UrsoMercyhurst1414.4375
3Alex JohnsIndianapolis1254.3684
4William YoungNewberry1414.0909
5Cory DauphinCentral Oklahoma1574.05
6Cameryn BradyIndianapolis1493.9091
7John Austin JonesKing (TN)1653.8421
8Brent FickelAshland1493.7727
9Jeffrey VestaNewberry1253.75
10Jordan BasksCentral Oklahoma1493.7308
1Nazar KulchytskyyWisconsin-Oshkosh1655.1053
2Riley LefeverWabash1844.9583
3Landon WilliamsWartburg1744.95
4Everet DesiletsJohnson & Wales 1574.9375
5Cody LovejoyOhio Northern2854.7188
6Mark HartenstineWilkes1494.7143
7Matthew TuttleAlma College1654.6957
8Colin LenhardtJohnson & Wales 1844.5294
9Lucas MalmbergMessiah1254.4571
10Ryan FankWartburg2854.4545

1Taylor WalshIndiana1572061:36
2Joe StolfiBucknell2851746:51
3Harrison HightowerOhio1651121:35
4Kevin BirminghamDavidson1491130:50
5Dylan PetersNorthern Iowa1251024:53
6David TaylorPenn State1651031:21
7Brian RealbutoCornell1571036:17
8Nick GwiazdowskiN.C, State285924:44
9Ophir BernsteinBrown184927:55
10Aaron (A.J.)SchoppEdinboro133936:34
1John Austin JonesKing (Tenn.)1651231:9
2Zachary BennettPittsburgh-Johnstown1971123:28
3Edwin CooperUpper Iowa1491015:26
4Ian SteenWestern State1491035:26
5D'Marcus SpencerKing (Tenn.)133920:24
6Jared HolidayNewberry184930:40
7Brent FickelAshland149934:51
8Jeffrey VestaNewberry125940:55
9Rosborough EvanLake Erie197821:49
10Jordan BasksCentral Oklahoma149823:31
1Cody LovejoyOhio Northern2852051:56
2Colin LenhardtJohnson & Wales 1841939:12
3Jamison SaccoWestern New England2851830:32
4Thomas ReyhonsAugustana (Ill.)1841848:20
5Matthew TuttleAlma College1651642:50
6Chad ObzudOneonta State1971532:11
7Lucas MalmbergMessiah1251362:54
8Tyler BrentRIT1841232:47
9Nick FullerWartburg1741121:16
10Taylor GohnWheaton (Ill.)2851131:36

1Joe ColonNorthern Iowa133951:40
2Cody BrewerOklahoma133845:14
3Tyler GraffWisconsin133847:13
4David TaylorPenn State165743:22
5Edward RuthPenn State184745:37
6Logan StieberOhio State141628:48
7Jesse DelgadoIllinois125636:53
8Alex HudsonChattanooga157525:20
9Nahshon GarrettCornell125529:21
10Drake HoudasheltMissouri149530:05
1Austin GillihanLake Erie133728:32
2Francis MiziaMercyhurst157623:55
3William YoungNewberry141629:56
4Michael LabryAshland133419:35
5Bryden LazaroCal Baptist 125419:54
6Joey DavisNotre Dame (Ohio)174421:35
7Seiji BorjaNewberry149424:22
8Casy RowellCentral Oklahoma133427:30
9Kyle WilliamsMcKendree149312:38
10August MiziaMercyhurst174313:20
1Shane SiefertWisconsin-Whitewater1971042:49
2Mark HartenstineWilkes149839:33
3Zach JosephSpringfield149627:47
4Steven FeuchtOhio Northern149628:20
5Anthony CarloUrsinus165637:32
6Jayden DeVilbissLuther184525:56
7Daniel DownesRoger Williams149526:9
8Gerard RomanWartburg184528:55
9Collin CrowellRoger Williams165529:53




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