NCAA Wrestler Awards handed out at NCAA championships

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA awarded the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Awards at the respective Division I, II and III Wrestling Championships over the last two weekends.

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 marched to his second consecutive national championship with four tech falls and a fall in the semifinals to wrap up the Most Dominant Wrestler Award with an average of 5.56 team points per match. Teammate Jason Nolf finished second after winning the national championship at 157 pounds as the Nittany Lions won their sixth team national championship in the last seven years.

Heavyweight Austin Goergen of St. Cloud State scored three consecutive falls on his way to a third-place finish at the Division II Wrestling Championships to wrap up the Most Dominant Wrestler award with an average of 4.83 team points per match.

Riley Lefever of Wabash made history by becoming only the second Division III wrestler to win four national championships by marching through the 197-pound bracket with three falls and a major decision to claim his second consecutive Most Dominant Wrestler Award with 5.79 team points per match.

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 final Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated with a 17-match minimum against wrestlers from the same division.

Cornell 184-pounder Gabe Dean earned the award for most falls in Division I with 17 this season. He finished in a three-way tie with Retherford and Penn State 184-pounder Bo Nickal, but won the tiebreaker by compiling his falls in 40:20, 14 minutes faster than Nickal.

Tiffin heavyweight Garrett Gray scored three falls on his way to the national championship, including beating Kameron Teacher of Notre Dame (Ohio) in 1:23 in the final, to win the award in Division II with 19 falls.

Hunter Harris of Messiah won the Division III award for most falls with 30, which led all divisions and was four more than heavyweight All-American Jake Evans of Waynesburg in second.

Virginia 125-pounder Jack Mueller picked up a tech fall in his opening match of the Division I Wrestling Championships on his way to an All-American finish to earn the award for most tech falls this season with 12, one more than Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery and Michigan’s Logan Massa.

Nic Goebel of Findlay earned All-America honors at 149 pounds with a third-place finish at the national championships and takes home the award for most tech falls with 11 this season in Division II.

Stephen Jarrell of Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) was the national runner-up at 165 pounds at the Division III Wrestling Championships and claimed the award for most tech falls this season with 18, five more than anyone else in Division III.

NCAA STAT LEADERS – MOST DOMINANT
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Zain RetherfordPenn St.1495.56
2Jason NolfPenn St.1575.26
3Gabriel DeanCornell1844.97
4Bo NickalPenn St.1844.85
5Zahid ValenciaArizona St.1744.41
6J`den CoxMissouri1974.37
7Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.1334.35
8Thomas GilmanIowa1254.25
9Mark HallPenn St.1744.06
10Isaiah MartinezIllinois1654.03
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Austin GoergenSt. Cloud St.2854.83
2Garrett GrayTiffin2854.77
3Jacob WasteCalifornia Baptist1974.48
4Nick BeckerWis.-Parkside1744.35
5Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown1574.28
6Francis MiziaMercyhurst1654.27
7Blake BoschMSU Moorhead1334.10
8Nicholas FiegenerCalifornia Baptist1844.04
9Nate RodriguezMaryville (MO)1413.96
10Nic GoebelFindlay1493.76
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Riley LefeverWabash1975.79
2Robert DiernaSUNY Cortland1575.10
3Eric DeVosWartburg1744.89
4Lucas MalmbergMessiah1254.68
5Troy StanichStevens1334.65
6Lance EvansWartburg2854.52
7Zachery RoseberryDelaware Valley2854.50
8Dan Del GalloSouthern Me.1494.41
9Stephen JarrellJohnson & Wales (RI)1654.33
9Jake EvansWaynesburg2854.33
Most dominant rankings are based off of a minimum of 17 matches
NCAA STAT LEADERS – FALLS
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
1Gabriel DeanCornell1841740:20
2Bo NickalPenn St.1841754:45
3Zain RetherfordPenn St.1491762:07
4Chad WalshRider1651671:54
5Jason NolfPenn St.1571448:49
6Ross LarsonOklahoma2851326:36
7Zahid ValenciaArizona St.1741332:55
8Adam MackieLock Haven1971225:52
9Mark HallPenn St.1741236:30
10Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.1331136:52
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
1Garrett GrayTiffin2851946:27
2Austin GoergenSt. Cloud St.2851629:35
3Ronald WardleighWestern St.1251653:04
4Kevin BarrettNeb.-Kearney2851335:14
5Tyler ReinhartPitt.-Johnstown1651116:19
6Payton TawaterColorado Mesa1571118:36
7James LehmanWis.-Parkside1971123:52
8Joshua AileyCentral Okla.1411126:01
9Carmine CiottiGannon1331131:52
10Francis MiziaMercyhurst1651133:04
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
1Hunter HarrisMessiah1333089:18
2Jake EvansWaynesburg2852668:02
3Guy PatronLoras1972044:22
4Troy StanichStevens1332064:51
5AJ KowalStevens1971843:34
6Corbin BunsoldOtterbein1841848:50
7DJ TirelliJohnson & Wales (RI)1411728:01
8Riley LefeverWabash1971733:00
9Anthony ArroyoBaldwin Wallace1651751:48
10Triston EngleBrockport1971629:33
NCAA STAT LEADERS – TECH FALLS
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Jack MuellerVirginia1251249:56
2Connor MedberyWisconsin2851151:20
3Logan MassaMichigan1651161:41
4Timothy DudleyNebraska1841048:07
5Isaiah MartinezIllinois1651053:24
6Ronald PerryLock Haven1411064:49
7Te`Shan CampbellPittsburgh165938:15
8Ethan LizakMinnesota125945:47
9Kyle ShoopLock Haven149947:43
10Thomas HainesLock Haven285954:23
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Nic GoebelFindlay1491167:24
2Nicholas FiegenerCalifornia Baptist1841035:56
3Martin RamirezAdams St.133827:31
4Eric LewandowskiGannon157830:48
5Willie BohinceMercyhurst125844:25
6Jacob WasteCalifornia Baptist197845:26
7Francis MiziaMercyhurst165726:45
8Jason BuhrColorado Mesa165730:55
9Nolan KistlerCalifornia Baptist174733:45
10Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown157739:47
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Stephen JarrellJohnson & Wales (RI)16518105:11
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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