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NCAA | February 21, 2018

NCAA reveals updated wrestling award standings

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2018 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 they must come against opponents in the same division. Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time. 

This week’s Most Dominant Wrestler award standings requires a 17-match minimum in the division to qualify.

Last year’s winner, Zain Retherford of Penn State, has put himself in a strong position to repeat by increasing his average to 5.57 team points per match, which leads all divisions. Penn State is in good position to bring home the trophy, regardless, as Retherford leads four Nittany Lions in the top five.

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Pittsburgh-Johnstown 157-pounder Cody Law leads Division II with 4.65 team points per match, while his 141-pound teammate Chris Eddins is third (4.22), bracketing Nebraska-Kearney heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs with 4.43 points.

Ithaca 184-pounder Jake Ashcraft has moved into the lead in Division III with 5.24 points, ahead of Isaiah Bellamy of Wesleyan (Connecticut) and Michael DiNardo from Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island).

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)

 

Hofstra heavyweight Mike Hughes maintain his hold on the Division I lead with 17 falls, which is one more than Retherford and two more than Penn State’s Jason Nolf. 

In Division II, Central Oklahoma 165-pounder Mason Thompson enters regional competition with his 14 falls, which is three more than Tiffin 184-pounder Hayden Bronne, St. Cloud State heavyweight Lawrence Phillips and Hinrichs.

Wesleyan (Connecticut) teammates Devon Carrillo and Isaiah Bellamy are tied with 19 falls in Division III. Carrillo, at 197 pounds, holds the aggregate time tiebreaker by more than eight minutes over his heavyweight teammate.

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Kyle Shoop has staked his claim to the award for technical falls in Division I with 12 at 141 pounds for Lock Haven, two more than North Dakota State’s Cam Sykora. Four more wrestlers are hanging around in third with nine tech falls. 

Nick Vandermeer of Lake Erie and Connor Craig of Wheeling Jesuit each have eight tech falls in Division II. Vandermeer has a significant lead of more than 14 minutes in the aggregate time tiebreaker.

Messiah 197-pounder Kyle Koser has 15 tech falls in 62:21 to lead Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) 133-pounder Jay Albis with 15 tech falls in 68:35. No other wrestler in Division III has more than 12 tech falls.

NCAA Stat Leaders - Falls
Division I
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Mike Hughes Hofstra 285 17 32:11
2 Zain Retherford Penn St. 149 16 50:36
3 Jason Nolf Penn St. 157 15 41:53
4 Bo Nickal Penn St. 184 14 20:58
5 Ben Darmstadt Cornell 197 14 27:23
6 Shakur Rasheed Penn St. 197 11 13:33
7 Matt Stencel Central Mich. 285 11 15:22
8 Mark Hall Penn St. 174 10 19:26
9 Bryce Meredith Wyoming 141 10 19:47
10 Chad Walsh Rider 165 10 43:53
Division II
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Mason Thompson Central Okla. 165 14 43:41
2 Hayden Bronne Tiffin 184 11 17:12
3 Lawrence Phillips St. Cloud St. 285 11 19:37
4 Jarrod Hinrichs Neb.-Kearney 285 11 48:57
5 Trenton Piatt Western St. 125 10 42:44
6 Justin Haneke Southwest Minn. St. 157 9 22:20
7 Nicholas Mason Tiffin 197 9 29:08
8 Jarred Oftedahl St. Cloud St. 141 8 17:33
9 Colton Looper Central Okla. 197 8 21:27
10 Phillip Springsteen Mary 165 8 23:55
Division III
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Devon Carrillo Wesleyan (CT) 197 19 32:15
2 Isaiah Bellamy Wesleyan (CT) 285 19 41:05
3 Jake Evans Waynesburg 285 18 39:35
4 Michael DiNardo Johnson & Wales (RI) 197 17 38:13
5 Jake Ashcraft Ithaca 184 16 39:45
6 Isaac Odell Wheaton (IL) 184 16 48:01
7 Triston Engle Brockport 197 15 31:07
8 Zachary Rieger Adrian 285 15 35:42
9 Kaidon Winters RIT 157 15 48:26
10 Joe Fusco Springfield 285 15 53:52
NCAA Stat Leaders - Tech Falls
Division I
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Kyle Shoop Lock Haven 141 12 53:53
2 Cam Sykora North Dakota St. 133 10 42:19
3 Austin DeSanto Drexel 133 9 28:56
4 Jamel Morris NC State 133 9 32:53
5 Ethan Lizak Minnesota 125 9 42:27
6 Myles Martin Ohio St. 184 9 46:15
7 Ke-Shawn Hayes Ohio St. 149 8 30:41
8 Isaiah Martinez Illinois 165 8 36:44
9 Chance Marsteller Lock Haven 165 8 37:17
10 Jacob Kasper Duke 285 8 46:23
Division II
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Nick Vandermeer Lake Erie 165 8 34:39
2 Connor Craig Wheeling Jesuit 157 8 49:35
3 George McGuire Gannon 157 7 37:43
4 Cody Law Pitt.-Johnstown 157 7 38:46
5 Ryan Appleby Kutztown 285 7 41:24
6 Sebastian Vidika Ashland 125 6 19:35
7 Natean Vandermeer Findlay 174 6 25:23
8 Nolan Kistler California Baptist 174 6 29:26
9 Nate Trepanier Lindenwood (MO) 149 5 25:19
10 Nick Becker Wis.-Parkside 174 5 26:07
Division III
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Kyle Koser Messiah 197 15 62:21
2 Jay Albis Johnson & Wales (RI) 133 15 68:35
3 Jimmy Davis Loras 149 12 49:06
4 Bradan Birt Millikin 149 12 49:22
5 Cross Cannone Wartburg 149 12 49:26
6 Kyle Fank Wartburg 197 11 43:17
7 Stephen Maloney Messiah 149 11 46:52
8 Ben Swarr Messiah 174 11 47:51
9 Adrian Gonzalez Johnson & Wales (RI) 165 9 39:57
10 Sunny Nier Wabash 125 8 20:09
NCAA Stat Leaders - Most Dominant
Division I
Rank Name School Weight Avg. Team Points
1 Zain Retherford Penn St. 149 5.57
2 Bo Nickal Penn St. 184 5.13
3 Jason Nolf Penn St. 157 5.10
4 Daniel Lewis Missouri 174 4.84
5 Mark Hall Penn St. 174 4.83
6 Seth Gross South Dakota St. 133 4.76
7 Ben Darmstadt Cornell 197 4.69
8 Zahid Valencia Arizona St. 174 4.67
9 Mike Hughes Hofstra 285 4.64
10 Michael Kemerer Iowa 157 4.63
Division II
Rank Name School Weight Avg. Team Points
1 Cody Law Pitt.-Johnstown 157 4.65
2 Jarrod Hinrichs Neb.-Kearney 285 4.43
3 Chris Eddins Pitt.-Johnstown 141 4.22
4 Vince Dietz St. Cloud St. 197 3.96
5 Darren Wynn McKendree 141 3.82
6 Jarred Oftedahl St. Cloud St. 141 3.68
7 Ivan McClay Notre Dame (OH) 125 3.65
8 Kolton Eischens St. Cloud St. 174 3.63
9 Brandon Supernaw Western St. 174 3.62
10 Bradley Metz Findlay 184 3.60
Division III
Rank Name School Weight Avg. Team Points
1 Jake Ashcraft Ithaca 184 5.24
2 Isaiah Bellamy Wesleyan (CT) 285 4.80
3 Michael DiNardo Johnson & Wales (RI) 197 4.74
4 Troy Stanich Stevens 133 4.74
5 Guy Patron Loras 197 4.74
6 Darden Schurg Wabash 174 4.74
7 Kyle Hatch Wabash 157 4.67
8 Peter Del Gallo Southern Me. 125 4.64
9 Jake Evans Waynesburg 285 4.62
10 Devon Carrillo Wesleyan (CT) 197 4.61
10 Maxwell Nauta Centenary (NJ) 141 4.61

17-match minimum in division required to be ranked.