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NCAA.com | January 8, 2020

NCAA debuts wrestling award standings for 2020 season

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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released the debut standings for the 2020 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 for the awards 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.

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Division I is led in falls by Cornell 197-pounder Ben Darmstadt with 11 this season, but close behind is 2019 award winner Matt Stencel of Central Michigan with 10 in the category. George Mason’s Colston DiBlasi rounds out the top three with nine falls at 149 pounds.

Tiffin teammates Hayden Bronne and Nicholas Mason pace Division II with nine falls apiece. Bronne holds the early tiebreaker over 2019 197-pound national champion Mason with a 12-minute lead in aggregate time (13:20 – 25:42).  Jacob Robb of Mercyhurst is just one back as the only wrestler in Division II with eight falls.

Joe Salerno of Washington & Lee leads all NCAA divisions with 14 falls at 149 pounds in Division III, which is two more than his closest pursuers.  A trio of wrestlers have tallied a dozen falls this season with Jordan Blanchard of Wisconsin-Oshkosh holding the tiebreaker with the lowest aggregate time of 17:54 over Kaidon Winters of RIT and Travis Brown of Castleton.

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George Mason redshirt senior Alex Madrigal already holds a commanding lead in the race for the most tech falls in Division I with 10, four more than second place Quentin Perez of Campbell.  Purdue 125-pounder Devin Schroder holds the time tiebreaker over three other wrestlers with five tech falls to sit in third.

Division II features a five-way tie of wrestlers with four tech falls to open the season. Last year’s national runner-up at 125 pounds, Josh Portillo of Nebraska-Kearney, holds the tiebreaker advantage with an aggregate time of 15:32.  That is more than two minutes better than second place Myles Starke of Lander.  Ryan Vasbinder (McKendree), Curtis Cox (Alderson Broaddus) and Branson Proudlock (Findlay) round out the quartet of wrestlers with four tech falls in Division II.

Roger Williams 149-pounder Tyler Gazaway is the sole leader in Division III tech falls with nine, while Ahken Chu (SUNY Oneonta) and Travis Jones (Ithaca) are right behind him with eight tech falls.  Three more wrestlers are within striking distance with seven tech falls this season.

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.

Division I - Falls 

Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Ben Darmstadt Cornell 197 11 20:09
2 Matt Stencel Central Mich. 285 10 19:24
3 Colston DiBlasi George Mason 149 9 36:24
4 Cody Surratt Air Force 174 8 9:51
5 Denton Spencer Virginia 149 8 12:58
6 Mitch McKee Minnesota 141 8 15:25
7 Jacob Schwarm UNI 125 8 17:22
8 Greg Bulsak Clarion 197 8 23:53
9 Ethan Karsten American 157 7 10:14
10 Randy Meneweather II Air Force 165 7 12:24

Division II - Falls 

Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Hayden Bronne Tiffin 174 9 13:20
2 Nicholas Mason Tiffin 197 9 25:42
3 Jacob Robb Mercyhurst 285 8 17:23
4 Tyler Lawley Newman 133 7 15:57
5 AJ Cooper Fort Hays St. 285 7 23:15
6 Luke McGonigal Mercyhurst 197 6 10:09
7 Elijah Mahan Lindenwood (MO) 174 6 15:51
8 Kalin Winkler Central Okla. 197 6 22:40
9 Joel Leise Gannon 184 5 5:47
10 Nathan Vandermeer Findlay 174 5 8:20

Division III - Falls 

Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Joe Salerno Washington & Lee 149 14 17:50
2 Jordan Blanchard Wis.-Oshkosh 174 12 17:54
3 Kaidon Winters RIT 165 12 25:41
4 Travis Brown Castleton 141 12 32:16
5 Evan Fidelibus New England Col. 149 11 18:21
6 Joseph Rossetti Williams 141 11 22:23
7 Ian Mullen North Central (IL) 133 11 25:46
8 Aidan Whitis John Carroll 184 11 26:44
9 Marvin Cunningham JWU (Providence) 149 11 30:44
10 Isaac Odell Wheaton (IL) 184 11 33:52

Division I - Tech Falls 

Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Alex Madrigal George Mason 141 10 46:28
2 Quentin Perez Campbell 165 6 27:57
3 Devin Schroder Purdue 125 5 15:18
4 Pat Glory Princeton 125 5 24:20
5 Cameron Sykora North Dakota St. 133 5 24:43
6 Derek Spann Buffalo 133 5 31:09
7 Cody Surratt Air Force 174 4 12:23
8 Luke Werner Lock Haven 125 4 15:17
9 Hayden Hidlay NC State 157 4 16:26
10 Devin Skatzka Minnesota 174 4 17:27

Division II - Tech Falls 

Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Josh Portillo Neb.-Kearney 125 4 15:32
2 Myles Starke Lander  184 4 17:48
3 Ryan Vasbinder McKendree 197 4 20:10
4 Curtis Cox Alderson Broaddus 141 4 20:44
5 Branson Proudlock Findlay 141 4 21:04
6 Brandon Matthews Seton Hill 174 3 7:46
7 Daniel Bishop Augustana (SD) 197 3 7:59
8 Jacob Dunlop Gannon 125 3 9:12
9 Hunter Burnett Augustana (SD) 141 3 11:37
10 Carson Speelman Ashland 149 3 13:54

Division III - Tech Falls 

Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Tyler Gazaway Roger Williams 149 9 36:06
2 Ahken Chu SUNY Oneonta 141 8 26:35
3 Travis Jones Ithaca 133 8 37:53
4 Noah Nieman Adrian 149 7 32:15
5 Aaron Kelly Baldwin Wallace 149 7 35:21
6 Jared Kuhns York (PA) 125 7 36:47
7 Thomas Poklikuha  Stevens 165 6 21:46
8 Ben Dougherty RIT 174 6 24:31
9 Aaron Wilson Augsburg 149 6 26:22
10 Stephen Maloney Messiah 157 6 27:19

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