New NCAA award standings after championship competition

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. Last weekend featured the Pac-12 Championships in Division I, super regionals in Division II and regional competition in Division III.

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 keeps the top average with 5.47 team points per match in the race for the Most Dominant Wrestler, while teammate Jason Nolf is at 5.42 points at 157 pounds.

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.

Two-time Cornell national champion Gabe Dean and Rider 165-pounder Chad Walsh have 15 falls this season to lead Division I, with Dean holding the tiebreaker with a significant time advantage of 35:20 to 71:19.

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.

True freshman Jack Mueller of Virginia has led Division I in tech falls all season, but he was surpassed by Wisconsin heavyweight Connor Medbery with 11 tech falls, while Mueller and two-time national champion Isaiah Martinez of Illinois 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.

NCAA STAT LEADERS – MOST DOMINANT
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Zain RetherfordPenn St.1495.47
2Jason NolfPenn St.1575.42
3Gabriel DeanCornell1845.39
4Bo NickalPenn St.1845.33
5Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.1334.69
6Thomas GilmanIowa1254.68
6Zahid ValenciaArizona St.1744.68
8Isaiah MartinezIllinois1654.64
9Chad WalshRider1654.43
10Mark HallPenn St.1744.38
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
NCAA STAT LEADERS – FALLS
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
1Gabe DeanCornell1841535:20
2Chad WalshRider1651571:19
3Bo NickalPenn St.1841339:54
4Zain RetherfordPenn St.1491342:30
5Adam MackieLock Haven1741225:52
6Zahid ValenciaArizona St.1741231:19
7Ross LarsonOklahoma2851124:08
8Jason NolfPenn St.1571132:33
9Mark HallPenn St.1741136:00
10Anthony ValenciaArizona St.1651031:09
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
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
RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
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
NCAA STAT LEADERS – TECH FALLS
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Connor MedberyWisconsin2851151:20
2Jack MuellerVirginia1251038:47
3Isaiah MartinezIllinois1651053:24
4Kyle ShoopLock Haven149947:43
5Thomas HainesLock Haven285954:23
6Ronald PerryLock Haven141959:09
7Te`Shan CampbellPittsburgh165834:01
8TJ DudleyNebraska184837:39
9Logan MassaMichigan165845:46
10Joshua RodriguezNorth Dakota St.125847:35
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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