NCAA debuts most dominant wrestler standings for 2017

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.

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 leads the first release of standings for the Most Dominant Wrestler Award. Retherford is contributing 5.60 team points per match for the 2016 national champions. Teammate Bo Nickal is second with 5.50 points at 184 pounds, while Cornell 184-pounder Gabe Dean and Penn State 157-pounder Jason Nolf are third with 5.40 points.

Francis Mizia of Mercyhurst leads Division II with an average of 5.00 points at 165 pounds, while Montrail Johnson of Wisconsin-Parkside is second with 4.71 points. Lance Evans of Wartburg has a commanding lead in Division III with an average of 5.56 team points per match at heavyweight.

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)

The initial Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated with a 14-match minimum against wrestlers from the same division.

Dean maintains his hold on the national lead for falls in Division I with 14, while Chad Walsh of Rider is second with 12 at 165 pounds. Heavyweight Garrett Gray of Tiffin leads Division II with 11 falls, while Kevin Barrett of Nebraska-Kearney and Ronald Wardleigh of Western State each have 10. Hunter Harris of Messiah has pulled ahead in Division III with 24 falls this season at 141 pounds, six more than his nearest competitor.

True freshman Jack Mueller of Virginia leads Division I in tech falls with nine this season at 125 pounds, but is only holding off heavyweight Thomas Haines of Lock Haven by aggregate time. Mueller’s nine tech falls have come in 33:47, 20 minutes less than Haines.

Division II features a logjam of six wrestlers that have tallied six tech falls this season. Aggregate time comes into play again with 184-pounder Nicholas Fiegener of California Baptist tallying his tech falls in 19:38 to take the top position, two minutes less than Martin Ramirez of Adams State in second.

Stephen Jarrell of Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) has 14 tech falls at 174 pounds to hold a lead of two over Jason Lynch of Chicago at 197 pounds.

Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Zain RetherfordPenn St.1495.60
2Bo NickalPenn St.1845.50
3Gabe DeanCornell1845.40
3Jason NolfPenn St.1575.40
5Isaiah MartinezIllinois1654.71
5Thomas GilmanIowa1254.71
7Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.1334.45
8Zahid ValenciaArizona St.1744.42
9Mark HallPenn St.1744.27
9Joshua RodriguezNorth Dakota St.1254.27
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Francis MiziaMercyhurst1655.00
2Montrail JohnsonWis.-Parkside1844.71
3Carmine CiottiGannon1334.69
4Tyler ReinhartPitt.-Johnstown1654.60
5Kevin BarrettNeb.-Kearney2854.33
6Garrett GrayTiffin2854.32
7Nick BeckerWis.-Parkside1744.21
8Jason BuhrColorado Mesa1654.18
9Ronald WardleighWestern St.1254.10
10Willie BohinceMercyhurst1254.05
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Lance EvansWartburg2855.56
2Lucas MalmbergMessiah1254.93
3Troy StanichStevens1334.90
4Dan Del GalloSouthern Me.1494.67
4Jake EvansWaynesburg2854.67
6Triston EngleBrockport1974.65
7Carlos ToribioIthaca1974.63
8Seth LansberryLycoming1494.57
9Zachery RoseberryDelaware Valley2854.52
9Sonnieboy BlancoWash. & Jeff.1744.52
Most dominant rankings are based off of a minimum of 14 matches
Division I
1Gabe DeanCornell1841434:42
2Chad WalshRider1651253:23
3Zain RetherfordPenn St.1491135:04
4Bo NickalPenn St.1841137:08
5Adam MackieLock Haven1741014:34
6Ross LarsonOklahoma2851023:58
7Evan FidelibusRider141925:00
8Mark HallPenn St.174929:25
9Jason NolfPenn St.157929:30
10Patrick QuinlanFrank. & Marsh.141938:44
Division II
1Garrett GrayTiffin2851125:21
2Kevin BarrettNeb.-Kearney2851025:52
3Ronald WardleighWestern St.1331027:47
4James LehmanWis.-Parkside285921:54
5Carmine CiottiGannon149926:41
6Tyler ReinhartPitt.-Johnstown165811:38
7Andy WeltonMercyhurst285816:05
8Tyler RichardsonEast Stroudsburg174823:54
9Francis MiziaMercyhurst165824:07
10Payton TawaterColorado Mesa157711:46
Division III
1Hunter HarrisMessiah1412473:07
2Jake EvansWaynesburg2851852:41
3Troy StanichStevens1331650:14
4AJ KowalStevens1971538:19
5Corbin BunsoldOtterbein1841540:08
6Dusten ReedWartburg1331319:48
7Justin CochranRoger Williams1411327:00
8Guy PatronLoras1971327:21
9James BethelSUNY Oneonta2851330:04
10Anthony ArroyoBaldwin Wallace1741336:39
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Jack MuellerVirginia125933:47
2Thomas HainesLock Haven285954:23
3Te`Shan CampbellPittsburgh165834:01
4TJ DudleyNebraska184837:39
5Connor MedberyWisconsin285731:16
6Mike HughesHofstra285738:41
7Stephen SuglioKent St.197625:33
8Ethan LizakMinnesota125626:14
9Sal MastrianiVirginia Tech157627:20
10Alex GriffinPurdue157628:20
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Nicholas FiegenerCalifornia Baptist184619:38
2Martin RamirezAdams St.133621:45
3Francis MiziaMercyhurst165622:39
4Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown157633:57
5Nic GoebelFindlay149635:11
6Tyler MiesNewman149635:21
7Austin PetrilKutztown125519:33
8Jason BuhrColorado Mesa165524:54
9Jacob WasteCalifornia Baptist197527:25
10Logan HoppUpper Iowa285417:10
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Stephen JarrellJohnson & Wales (RI)1741477:26
2Jason LynchChicago1971266:57
3Lucas MalmbergMessiah1251052:47
4Alex KramerUrsinus149929:59
5Seth LansberryLycoming149941:56
6Ben SwarrMessiah174960:47
7Bobby JordanJohnson & Wales (RI)125844:45
8Zach WilhelmStevens149845:31
9CJ LuthSouthern Me.157724:38
10Mason GearyWis.-La Crosse149728:38

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