Lock Haven’s Kyle Shoop climbs in latest updated NCAA wrestling 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.

ncaalogoThis week’s Most Dominant Wrestler award standings requires a 17-match minimum in the division to qualify.

Last year’s winner, Zain Retherford of Penn State, has put himself in a strong position to repeat by increasing his average to 5.57 team points per match, which leads all divisions. Penn State is in good position to bring home the trophy, regardless, as Retherford leads four Nittany Lions in the top five.

Pittsburgh-Johnstown 157-pounder Cody Law leads Division II with 4.65 team points per match, while his 141-pound teammate Chris Eddins is third (4.22), bracketing Nebraska-Kearney heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs with 4.43 points.

Ithaca 184-pounder Jake Ashcraft has moved into the lead in Division III with 5.24 points, ahead of Isaiah Bellamy of Wesleyan (Connecticut) and Michael DiNardo from Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island).

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)

Hofstra heavyweight Mike Hughes maintain his hold on the Division I lead with 17 falls, which is one more than Retherford and two more than Penn State’s Jason Nolf.

In Division II, Central Oklahoma 165-pounder Mason Thompson enters regional competition with his 14 falls, which is three more than Tiffin 184-pounder Hayden Bronne, St. Cloud State heavyweight Lawrence Phillips and Hinrichs.

Wesleyan (Connecticut) teammates Devon Carrillo and Isaiah Bellamy are tied with 19 falls in Division III. Carrillo, at 197 pounds, holds the aggregate time tiebreaker by more than eight minutes over his heavyweight teammate.

Kyle Shoop has staked his claim to the award for technical falls in Division I with 12 at 141 pounds for Lock Haven, two more than North Dakota State’s Cam Sykora. Four more wrestlers are hanging around in third with nine tech falls.

Nick Vandermeer of Lake Erie and Connor Craig of Wheeling Jesuit each have eight tech falls in Division II. Vandermeer has a significant lead of more than 14 minutes in the aggregate time tiebreaker.

Messiah 197-pounder Kyle Koser has 15 tech falls in 62:21 to lead Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) 133-pounder Jay Albis with 15 tech falls in 68:35. No other wrestler in Division III has more than 12 tech falls.

Division I
1Mike HughesHofstra2851732:11
2Zain RetherfordPenn St.1491650:36
3Jason NolfPenn St.1571541:53
4Bo NickalPenn St.1841420:58
5Ben DarmstadtCornell1971427:23
6Shakur RasheedPenn St.1971113:33
7Matt StencelCentral Mich.2851115:22
8Mark HallPenn St.1741019:26
9Bryce MeredithWyoming1411019:47
10Chad WalshRider1651043:53
Division II
1Mason ThompsonCentral Okla.1651443:41
2Hayden BronneTiffin1841117:12
3Lawrence PhillipsSt. Cloud St.2851119:37
4Jarrod HinrichsNeb.-Kearney2851148:57
5Trenton PiattWestern St.1251042:44
6Justin HanekeSouthwest Minn. St.157922:20
7Nicholas MasonTiffin197929:08
8Jarred OftedahlSt. Cloud St.141817:33
9Colton LooperCentral Okla.197821:27
10Phillip SpringsteenMary165823:55
Division III
1Devon CarrilloWesleyan (CT)1971932:15
2Isaiah BellamyWesleyan (CT)2851941:05
3Jake EvansWaynesburg2851839:35
4Michael DiNardoJohnson & Wales (RI)1971738:13
5Jake AshcraftIthaca1841639:45
6Isaac OdellWheaton (IL)1841648:01
7Triston EngleBrockport1971531:07
8Zachary RiegerAdrian2851535:42
9Kaidon WintersRIT1571548:26
10Joe FuscoSpringfield2851553:52
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Kyle ShoopLock Haven1411253:53
2Cam SykoraNorth Dakota St.1331042:19
3Austin DeSantoDrexel133928:56
4Jamel MorrisNC State133932:53
5Ethan LizakMinnesota125942:27
6Myles MartinOhio St.184946:15
7Ke-Shawn HayesOhio St.149830:41
8Isaiah MartinezIllinois165836:44
9Chance MarstellerLock Haven165837:17
10Jacob KasperDuke285846:23
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Nick VandermeerLake Erie165834:39
2Connor CraigWheeling Jesuit157849:35
3George McGuireGannon157737:43
4Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown157738:46
5Ryan ApplebyKutztown285741:24
6Sebastian VidikaAshland125619:35
7Natean VandermeerFindlay174625:23
8Nolan KistlerCalifornia Baptist174629:26
9Nate TrepanierLindenwood (MO)149525:19
10Nick BeckerWis.-Parkside174526:07
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Kyle KoserMessiah1971562:21
2Jay AlbisJohnson & Wales (RI)1331568:35
3Jimmy DavisLoras1491249:06
4Bradan BirtMillikin1491249:22
5Cross CannoneWartburg1491249:26
6Kyle FankWartburg1971143:17
7Stephen MaloneyMessiah1491146:52
8Ben SwarrMessiah1741147:51
9Adrian GonzalezJohnson & Wales (RI)165939:57
10Sunny NierWabash125820:09
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Zain RetherfordPenn St.1495.57
2Bo NickalPenn St.1845.13
3Jason NolfPenn St.1575.10
4Daniel LewisMissouri1744.84
5Mark HallPenn St.1744.83
6Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.1334.76
7Ben DarmstadtCornell1974.69
8Zahid ValenciaArizona St.1744.67
9Mike HughesHofstra2854.64
10Michael KemererIowa1574.63
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown1574.65
2Jarrod HinrichsNeb.-Kearney2854.43
3Chris EddinsPitt.-Johnstown1414.22
4Vince DietzSt. Cloud St.1973.96
5Darren WynnMcKendree1413.82
6Jarred OftedahlSt. Cloud St.1413.68
7Ivan McClayNotre Dame (OH)1253.65
8Kolton EischensSt. Cloud St.1743.63
9Brandon SupernawWestern St.1743.62
10Bradley MetzFindlay1843.60
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Jake AshcraftIthaca1845.24
2Isaiah BellamyWesleyan (CT)2854.80
3Michael DiNardoJohnson & Wales (RI)1974.74
4Troy StanichStevens1334.74
5Guy PatronLoras1974.74
6Darden SchurgWabash1744.74
7Kyle HatchWabash1574.67
8Peter Del GalloSouthern Me.1254.64
9Jake EvansWaynesburg2854.62
10Devon CarrilloWesleyan (CT)1974.61
10Maxwell NautaCentenary (NJ)1414.61

17-match minimum in division required to be ranked.

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