Penn State, NC State feature leaders in award standings

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2018 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.

ncaalogoPenn State 157-pounder Jason Nolf holds a lead in aggregate time to break a tie with 149-pound teammate Zain Retherford for the lead in Division I falls with 15 each. Hofstra heavyweight Mike Hughes is third with 13, while Penn State 184-pounder Bo Nickal and Cornell 197-pounder Ben Darmstadt have 12.

In Division II, Central Oklahoma 165-pounder Mason Thompson has 12 falls, which is one more than Tiffin 184-pounder Hayden Bronne.

Wesleyan (Connecticut) heavyweight Isaiah Bellamy has expanded sole possession of the lead in Division III with 17 falls, while Michael DiNardo of Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) and Isaac Odell of Wheaton (Illinois) have 15.

Jamel Morris of NC State is the first Division I wrestler to reach double digits in tech falls with 10 this season in 38:07 to hold the national lead over three wrestlers with nine.

Five wrestlers in Division II have accumulated six tech falls, but it is Sebastian Vidika of Ashland who holds the tiebreaker with an aggregate time of 19:35, which is more than eight minutes faster than the next best mark set by Nick Vandermeer of Lake Erie.

Messiah 197-pounder Kyle Koser leads all divisions with 14 tech falls this season, while three wrestlers are jockeying for position behind him with 12.

The initial Most Dominant Wrestler standings will be released later this season to allow wrestlers to achieve the minimum amount of matches that is required to be eligible for the standings.

Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Jamel MorrisNC State1331038:07
2Cam SykoraNorth Dakota St.133935:50
3Kyle ShoopLock Haven141940:54
4Myles MartinOhio St.184946:15
5Ke-Shawn HayesOhio St.149830:41
6Chance MarstellerLock Haven165839:41
7Austin DeSantoDrexel133725:47
8Nick LeePenn St.141735:06
9Branson AshworthWyoming165739:15
10Zahid ValenciaArizona St.174740:08
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Sebastian VidikaAshland125619:35
2Nick VandermeerLake Erie165628:07
3Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown157633:16
4George McGuireGannon157635:10
5Connor CraigWheeling Jesuit157638:06
6Nate VandermeerFindlay174521:08
7Nate TrepanierLindenwood (MO)157525:19
8Ryan ApplebyKutztown285527:24
9Donald NegusColorado Mesa174415:14
10Nick BeckerWis.-Parkside174419:07
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Kyle KoserMessiah1971456:56
2Jimmy DavisLoras1491249:06
3Cross CannoneWartburg1491249:26
4Jay AlbisJohnson & Wales (RI)1331256:35
5Kyle FankWartburg1971143:17
6Bradan BirtMillikin1491147:41
7Stephen MaloneyMessiah1491039:52
8Ben SwarrMessiah1741040:51
9Adrian GonzalezJohnson & Wales (RI)165834:30
10Nick ManciniMount Union125835:45
Division I
1Jason NolfPenn St.1571541:53
2Zain RetherfordPenn St.1491546:26
3Mike HughesHofstra2851324:22
4Bo NickalPenn St.1841219:57
5Ben DarmstadtCornell1971221:22
6Shakur RasheedPenn St.1971011:36
7Matt StencelCentral Mich.2851013:46
8Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.133921:21
9Bryce MeredithWyoming141813:44
10Chandler RogersOklahoma St.165814:15
Division II
1Mason ThompsonCentral Okla.1651230:40
2Hayden BronneTiffin1841117:12
3Lawrence PhillipsSt. Cloud St.285916:47
4Jarrod HinrichsNeb.-Kearney285937:46
5Trenton PiattWestern St.125939:15
6Phillip SpringsteenMary165823:55
7Nicholas MasonTiffin197827:15
8Colton LooperCentral Okla.197715:34
9Jacob RobbMercyhurst285718:13
10Justin HanekeSouthwest Minnesota St.157718:39
Division III
1Isaiah BellamyWesleyan (CT)2851737:05
2Michael DiNardoJohnson & Wales (RI)1971535:35
3Isaac OdellWheaton (IL)1841546:56
4Devon CarrilloWesleyan (CT)1971422:08
5DC ScottSimpson1971457:48
6Dante GinnettiBaldwin Wallace1331465:41
7Cameron AltobelliJohnson & Wales (RI)1651335:59
8Joe FuscoSpringfield2851345:29
9Justin CochranRoger Williams1491219:02
10Gennaro CerminaraMuhlenberg1971220:21

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