Division I award standings updated after conference championships

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.

Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Zain RetherfordPenn St.1495.52
2Gabe DeanCornell1845.41
3Jason NolfPenn St.1575.36
4Bo NickalPenn St.1844.77
5Zahid ValenciaArizona St.1744.68
6Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.1334.66
6Thomas GilmanIowa1254.64
8Isaiah MartinezIllinois1654.54
9J`den CoxMissouri1974.45
10Chad WalshRider1654.37
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Austin GoergenSt. Cloud St.2855.11
2Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown1574.79
3Garrett GrayTiffin2854.69
4Jacob WasteCalifornia Baptist1974.63
5Francis MiziaMercyhurst1654.59
6Nicholas FiegenerCalifornia Baptist1844.58
7Nick BeckerWis.-Parkside1744.42
8Nic GoebelFindlay1494.25
9Carmine CiottiGannon1334.14
10Ronald WardleighWestern St.1254.03
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Riley LefeverWabash1975.85
2Lance EvansWartburg2855.27
3Robert DiernaSUNY Cortland1575.12
4Troy StanichStevens1334.85
5Jake EvansWaynesburg2854.85
6Lucas MalmbergMessiah1254.83
7Sam SchneiderIthaca1494.66
8Christoper ChorzepaWilliams1844.65
9Zachery RoseberryDelaware Valley2854.64
10Owen WebsterAugsburg1844.60
Most dominant rankings are based off of a minimum of 17 matches
Division I
1Gabe DeanCornell1841740:20
2Zain RetherfordPenn St.1491659:30
3Chad WalshRider1651571:19
4Bo NickalPenn St.1841443:36
5Jason NolfPenn St.1571344:42
6Adam MackieLock Haven1741225:52
7Ross LarsonOklahoma2851225:56
8Zahid ValenciaArizona St.1741231:19
9Mark HallPenn St.1741236:30
10Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.1331136:52
Division II
1Garrett GrayTiffin2851642:53
2Ronald WardleighWestern St.1251653:04
3Austin GoergenSt. Cloud St.2851324:11
4Kevin BarrettNeb.-Kearney2851335:14
5Payton TawaterColorado Mesa1571118:36
6James LehmanWis.-Parkside1971123:52
7Tyler ReinhartPitt.-Johnstown1651014:34
8Andy WeltonMercyhurst2851023:59
9Carmine CiottiGannon1331027:31
10Francis MiziaMercyhurst1651028:05
Division III
1Hunter HarrisMessiah1333089:18
2Jake EvansWaynesburg2852564:11
3Troy StanichStevens1331962:00
4Guy PatronLoras1971835:55
5AJ KowalStevens1971843:34
6Corbin BunsoldOtterbein1841848:50
7DJ TirelliJohnson & Wales (RI)1411728:01
8James BethelSUNY Oneonta2851637:08
9Frank AielloWheaton (IL)1571660:53
10Troy BeamanSt. Olaf2851530:25
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Jack MuellerVirginia1251143:02
2Connor MedberyWisconsin2851151:20
3Isaiah MartinezIllinois1651053:24
4Ronald PerryLock Haven1411064:49
5TJ DudleyNebraska184944:18
6Kyle ShoopLock Haven149947:43
7Logan MassaMichigan165952:39
8Thomas HainesLock Haven285954:23
9Josh TeraoAmerican125832:10
10Te`Shan CampbellPittsburgh165834:01
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Nic GoebelFindlay1491167:24
2Nicholas FiegenerCalifornia Baptist184930:43
3Martin RamirezAdams St.133827:31
4Willie BohinceMercyhurst125844:25
5Jacob WasteCalifornia Baptist197845:26
6Francis MiziaMercyhurst165726:45
7Jason BuhrColorado Mesa165730:55
8Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown157739:47
9Tyler MiesNewman149740:01
10Darren WynnMcKendree141745:40
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Stephen JarrellJohnson & Wales (RI)1651798:11
2Alex KramerUrsinus1491346:49
3Ben SwarrMessiah1741379:04
4Seth LansberryLycoming1491250:01
5Lucas MalmbergMessiah1251266:47
6Jason LynchChicago1841266:57
7Zach WilhelmStevens1491059:06
8Carlos FuentezWheaton (IL)1251060:54
9Connor BrummettWabash1651062:55
10Zach JosephSpringfield157944:08

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