INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has released the updated standings for the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the respective Division I, II and III Wrestling Championships. There is no change to the Division II and III standings as those respective national championships begin on Friday, while Division I standings reflect conference championship competition from last weekend.
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 they must come against opponents in the same division. Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time.
In Division I, Penn State 149-pounder Zain Retherford slightly raises his top average to 5.52 team points per match in the race for the Most Dominant Wrestler, while a couple of falls in the EIWA Championships push Cornell 184-pounder Gabe Dean to second with 5.41 points.
Austin Goergen of 2015 and 2016 national champion St. Cloud State is the leader in Division II with an average of 5.11 points as a heavyweight, while Pittsburgh-Johnstown 157-pounder Cody Law is second with 4.79 points.
Three-time national champion and the 2016 Division III Most Dominant Wrestler Riley Lefever of Wabash averages 5.58 team points per match to lead all divisions.
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.
* 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’s Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated with a 17-match minimum against wrestlers from the same division.
Dean has moved alone into first place with 17 falls this season in Division I, followed by Retherford with 16 and Rider 165-pounder Chad Walsh with 15.
Tiffin heavyweight Garrett Gray and Western State 125-pounder Ronald Wardleigh each have 16 falls in Division II, with Gray holding the tiebreaker with an aggregate time of 42:53.
Hunter Harris of Messiah has pulled ahead further in Division III with 30 falls this season at 133 pounds, five more than his nearest competitor.
Virginia 125-pounder Jack Mueller and Wisconsin heavyweight Connor Medbery both have 11 technical falls in Division I. Mueller holds the tiebreaker with an aggregate time of 43:02 to 51:20 for Medbery. Illinois 165-pounder Isaiah Martinez and Lock Haven 141-pounder Ronald Perry each have 10.
Nic Goebel of Findlay has compiled 11 tech falls in Division II, while Nicholas Fiegener of California Baptist has nine.
Stephen Jarrell of Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) has 17 tech falls at 174 pounds to hold a lead of four over Ursinus 149-pounder Alex Kramer and Messiah 174-pounder Ben Swarr.