Penn State’s Jason Nolf takes over falls lead in Week 3 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 five-minute lead in aggregate time to break a tie with 149-pound teammate Zain Retherford for the lead in Division I falls with 14 each. Hofstra heavyweight Mike Hughes is third with 13, while Cornell 197-pounder Ben Darmstadt has 11.

In Division II, Central Oklahoma 165-pounder Mason Thompson has added to his lead with a pair of falls to reach 12, three more than a trio of pursuers from St. Cloud State, Nebraska-Kearney and Western State.

Wesleyan (Connecticut) heavyweight Isaiah Bellamy has taken sole possession of the lead in Division III with 16 falls, while Isaac Odell of Wheaton (Illinois) has 15.

North Dakota State’s Cam Sykora and Lock Haven’s Kyle Shoop lead Division I with eight technical falls. Sykora holds the tiebreaker with an aggregate time of 30:24, three minutes faster than Shoop. An additional six wrestlers are still in good position to win the award with seven tech falls.

Division II features a three-way tie of six for the national lead in tech falls. Lake Erie’s Nick Vandermeer holds the time tiebreaker of 28:07 over Gannon’s George McGuire and Wheeling Jesuit’s Connor Craig.

Messiah 197-pounder Kyle Koser has added three technical falls to his total as he climbed to the national lead in Division III with 13, one more than Loras’ Jimmy Davis and Wartburg’s Cross Cannone.

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.

NCAA Stat Leaders – Falls
Division I
1Jason NolfPenn St.1571440:10
2Zain RetherfordPenn St.1491445:07
3Mike HughesHofstra2851324:22
4Ben DarmstadtCornell1971120:26
5Bo NickalPenn St.1841011:03
6Matt StencelCentral Mich.2851013:46
7Shakur RasheedPenn St.197910:36
8Jacob SchwarmUNI125814:36
9Alfred BannisterMaryland149817:24
10Daniel LewisMissouri165817:54
Division II
1Mason ThompsonCentral Okla.1651230:40
2Lawrence PhillipsSt. Cloud St.285916:47
3Jarrod HinrichsNeb.-Kearney285937:46
4Trenton PiattWestern St.125939:00
5Phillip SpringsteenMary165823:55
6Colton LooperCentral Okla.197715:34
7Justin HanekeSouthwest Minn. St.157718:39
8Nolan KroneColorado Mesa184720:54
9Nate VandermeerFindlay174721:03
10Jody Sandoval IIWestern St.133612:25
Division III
1Isaiah BellamyWesleyan (CT)2851636:17
2Isaac OdellWheaton (IL)1841546:56
3Michael DiNardoJohnson & Wales (RI)1971432:05
4DC ScottSimpson1971457:48
5Devon CarrilloWesleyan (CT)1971321:37
6Gennaro CerminaraMuhlenberg1971220:21
7Derek BeitzMessiah1841225:14
8Guy PatronLoras1971231:48
9Kyle HatchWabash1571232:29
10Joe FuscoSpringfield2851239:52
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Cam SykoraNorth Dakota St.133830:24
2Kyle ShoopLock Haven141833:54
3Austin DeSantoDrexel133725:47
4Chance MarstellerLock Haven165732:41
5Nick LeePenn St.141735:06
6Myles MartinOhio St.184738:57
7Branson AshworthWyoming165739:15
8Nick SurianoRutgers125743:28
9Jamel MorrisNC State133619:17
10Ke-Shawn HayesOhio St.149621:38
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Nick VandermeerLake Erie165628:07
2George McGuireGannon157635:10
3Connor CraigWheeling Jesuit157638:06
4Nate VandermeerFindlay174521:08
5Nate TrepanierLindenwood (MO)157525:19
6Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown157526:39
7Ryan ApplebyKutztown285527:24
8Donald NegusColorado Mesa174415:14
9Nick BeckerWis.-Parkside174419:07
10Josh WalkerUpper Iowa141419:23
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Kyle KoserMessiah1971352:28
2Jimmy DavisLoras1491249:06
3Cross CannoneWartburg1491249:26
4Kyle FankWartburg1971143:17
5Stephen MaloneyMessiah149936:33
6Ben SwarrMessiah174938:44
7Jay AlbisJohnson & Wales (RI)133944:26
8Trevor CorlLycoming149720:30
9Darden SchurgWabash174736:34
10Greg WarnerYork (PA)149623:31

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