INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA has released new 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 Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated by adding the total number of points awarded through match results against opponents in the same division and dividing that number by the total number of matches wrestled. Points per match are awarded 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 13 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.
In Division I, a trio of 2014 national champions leads the field as three-time champion Logan Stieber of Ohio State has the most points per match (5.21) at 141 pounds. Oklahoma State 165-pounder Alex Dieringer has 4.58 points and North Carolina State heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski’s average is 4.57 points.
St. Cloud State heavyweight Austin Goergen is the new leader for Most Dominant in Division II with an average of 4.73 points.
Rhode Island College heavyweight Terrance Jean-Jacques has surged to the lead in Division III with an average of 5.42 points per match. Positions two through four are nearly identical with averages of 5.3, 5.29 and 5.28 points per match.
Bucknell heavyweight Joe Stolfi retains the lead in Division I with 16 falls this season, three more than second place.
The Division II standings have Lake Erie’s 197-pounder Evan Rosborough in front by one fall with 11 over heavyweight Andy Welton of Mercyhurst.
Division III features the all divisions leader as heavyweight Cody Lovejoy of Ohio Northern remains in first place with 20 falls.
There is no change at the top of Division I tech falls. Illinois 157-pounder Isaiah Martinez is alone in first place with 10, three more than his nearest competition.
Division II leader Francis Mizia of Mercyhurst (157 pounds) increased his lead to four tech falls over his nearest competition with eight total this season.
Nathaniel Giorgio from Coast Guard leads all wrestlers this season with 12 tech falls at 133 pounds in Division III.