INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA has released the second week of standings for the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the respective Division I, II and III Wrestling Championships.
The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given at each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most tech falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.
For falls and tech falls to be counted towards a student-athletes total they must come against opponents in the same division. Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time.
The top two remain the same in Division I falls with each wrestler adding a pin to his total last week. Defending champion Taylor Walsh (165 pounds) of Indiana leads with 14 pins, followed closely by heavyweight Joe Stolfi of Bucknell with 13.
The Division II standings have Lake Erie’s 197-pounder Evan Rosborough in front by two falls with 10 over heavyweight Andy Welton of Mercyhurst.
Division III features the all divisions leader as heavyweight Cody Lovejoy of Ohio Northern has accumulated 17 pins. Freshman 133-pounder DJ Tirelli of Johnson & Wales (R.I.) sits in second with an impressive 14 falls.
With two tech falls to his credit last week, Illinois 157-pounder Isaiah Martinez is alone in first place in Division I with seven, while Peyton Walsh of Navy (165 pounds) has six in lone possession of second place.
A new leader has emerged in Division II with Mercyhurst 157-pounder Francis Mizia in front with 4 tech falls. Indianapolis’ Nick Crume (133 pounds) is in second leading a trio of wrestlers with three tech falls in an aggregrate time of 11:57.
Nathaniel Giorgio from Coast Guard added two tech falls last week to increase his total in Division III to nine at 133 pounds, three more than 157-pounder Michael Polizzi of Stevens Institute of Technology.
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. A 12-match minimum is required to be eligible for the Most Dominant Award.
• 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 initial Most Dominant Wrestler standings will be released later this season in order to allow wrestlers to achieve the 12-match minimum that is required to be eligible for the standings.