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Matt Holmes | NCAA.com | January 9, 2019

College wrestling standings: NCAA debuts wrestling award standings for 2019 season

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released the debut standings for the 2019 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.

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For falls and tech falls to be counted they must come against opponents in the same division (i.e. Division II vs. Division II). Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time.

Division I is paced in falls by Central Michigan heavyweight Matt Stencel and George Mason 165-pounder Colston DiBlasi with 12 falls. Stencel has made much quicker work of his opponents to hold the aggregate time tiebreaker by 25 minutes over DiBlasi. Kent State’s Andrew McNally is the only other Division I wrestler in double digits with 10 falls at 184 pounds.

A three-way tie with eight falls marks the Division II standings between Lake Erie’s Evan Loughman, Upper Iowa’s Justin Folley and Seton Hill’s Alan Diltz. Loughman wins the tiebreaker with an aggregate time of 17:01 at heavyweight to rank first ahead of 133-pounders Folley and Diltz.

Heavyweights lead the way in all three divisions as SUNY Oneonta’s James Bethel is the sole leader in Division III with 12 falls ahead of an eight-way logjam of wrestlers with 11 falls. Heidelberg 184-pounder Dylan Roth leads that tight group to take second place overall with an aggregate time of 17:45.

Last year’s winner for most tech falls is off to a strong start to repeat in Division I as Lock Haven’s Kyle Shoop has started this season with 10 tech falls. Oklahoma State 133-pounder Daton Fix is second with nine, while Minnesota’s 2017 NCAA finalist Ethan Lizak is third with eight.

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A pair of 184-pounders pace Division II with four tech falls as Central Oklahoma’s Heath Gray holds the tiebreaker in aggregate time, 18:13 to 19:44, over Daniel Bishop of Augustana (South Dakota). UIndy heavyweight Dylan Faulkenberg leads an eight-way tie of three tech falls compiling his in just over eight minutes.

Messiah 149-pounder Stephen Maloney has earned 11 tech falls in Division III to lead by two over Heidelberg’s Jeremiah Slagle and three over Mount Union 133-pounder Jordin James.

The initial Most Dominant Wrestler standings will be released later this season to allow wrestlers to achieve the minimum amount of matches required to be eligible for the standings.

NCAA STAT LEADERS — FALLS

Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
Division I          
1 Matt Stencel Central Mich. 285 12 20:38
2 Colston DiBlasi George Mason 165 12 46:09
3 Andrew McNally Kent St. 184 10 34:43
4 Bo Nickal Penn St. 197 9 15:25
5 Jason Nolf Penn St. 157 9 32:52
6 Jaydin Eierman Missouri 141 9 36:34
7 Zahid Valencia Arizona St. 174 8 16:30
8 Eli Spencer George Mason 197 8 22:58
9 Vincenzo Joseph Penn St. 165 8 24:16
10 Clay Lautt North Carolina 174 7 12:06
           
Division II          
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Evan Loughman Lake Erie 285 8 17:01
2 Justin Folley Upper Iowa 133 8 26:02
3 Alan Diltz Seton Hill 133 8 30:23
4 Jordan Gundrum Upper Iowa 174 6 13:37
5 Jacob Robb Mercyhurst 285 6 16:41
6 Nicholas Mason Tiffin 197 6 21:43
7 Faris Messai Gannon 149 6 27:15
8 Ryan Vasbinder McKendree 197 5 7:33
9 Shelden Struble U Indy 165 5 12:16
10 Vince Dietz St. Cloud St. 197 5 14:22
           
Division III          
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 James Bethel SUNY Oneonta 285 12 14:53
2 Dylan Roth Heidelberg 184 11 17:45
3 Jared Mooney Penn College 197 11 20:42
4 Joe Fusco Springfield 285 11 24:07
5 Conner Homan Mount Union 174 11 25:09
6 Michael McIntire Mount Union 165 11 26:18
7 Da`mani Burns JWU (Providence) 149 11 29:33
8 Izaake Zuckerman NYU 165 11 32:35
9 Jarrod Setliff Otterbein 184 11 34:26
10 Antwon Pugh Mount Union 157 10 21:02

NCAA STAT LEADERS — TECH FALLS

Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Kyle Shoop Lock Haven 141 10 41:11
2 Daton Fix Oklahoma St. 133 9 42:55
3 Ethan Lizak Minnesota 133 8 34:37
4 Kevin Parker Princeton 184 7 28:13
5 Cam Sykora North Dakota St. 133 7 40:55
6 Quentin Perez Campbell 174 6 27:36
7 Nicholas Piccininni Oklahoma St. 125 6 28:24
8 Luke Werner Lock Haven 125 6 36:46
9 Spencer Lee Iowa 125 5 13:27
10 Branson Ashworth Wyoming 165 5 22:57
           
Division II          
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Heath Gray Central Okla. 184 4 18:13
2 Daniel Bishop Augustana (SD) 184 4 19:44
3 Dylan Faulkenberg U Indy 285 3 8:16
4 Nathan Vandermeer Findlay 174 3 11:36
5 John Siemasz Lake Erie 149 3 11:41
6 Travis Swanson St. Cloud St. 141 3 12:45
7 Josh Portillo Neb.-Kearney 125 3 14:54
8 Colton Dull Millersville 197 3 14:55
9 Chris Eddins Jr. Pitt.-Johnstown 149 3 16:56
10 Tate Barnhardt Mary 133 3 17:17
           
Division III          
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Stephen Maloney Messiah 149 11 50:21
2 Jeremiah Slagle Heidelberg 174 9 43:14
3 Jordin James Mount Union 133 8 34:59
4 Jay Albis JWU (Providence) 125 7 32:26
5 Connor Calkins RIT 285 6 22:40
6 Josiah Gehr Messiah 125 6 30:35
7 Luke Hernandez Mount Union 149 6 35:58
8 Cross Cannone Wartburg 157 5 16:44
9 Evan Drill NYU 149 5 18:49
10 Gregory Warner York (PA) 149 5 20:12
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