INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has released the second week of standings for the 2016 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 in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical 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.
Navy 197-pounder Michael Woulfe retains the top spot with his 11 falls in Division I, while Jason Nolf of Penn State is second with 10 falls after his pin against 2015 national champion Isaiah Martinez of Illinois on Saturday.
In Division II, Pittsburgh-Johnstown 184-pounder Travis McKillop added a fall to increase his national leading total to 10, while four wrestlers sit two falls behind him.
A three-way tie exists in Division III at 14 falls each between Roger Williams 141-pounder Justin Cochran, Williams 184-pounder Christopher Chorzepa and Stevens Institute of Technology 184-pounder AJ Kowal. Cochran holds the tiebreaker with his 14 falls coming in an aggregate time of 27:08.
Nate Brown of Lehigh has moved into second place in Division I tech falls with seven at 184 pounds, but is still four behind Martinez’ national-leading 11 tech falls for the Fighting Illini.
The Division II tech fall standings are a family affair at the top where the Mizia brothers of Mercyhurst hold the top two spots. Francis Mizia leads the country with seven at 165 pounds, while older brother August is right behind with six tech falls at 174 pounds.
Springfield 149-pounder Zach Joseph has taken over the lead in Division III with 10 tech falls, while Ursinus 149-pounder Alex Kramer has totaled nine tech falls this season.
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.