NCAA reveals updated 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 16-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 scoring an average of 5.55 team points per match, which leads all divisions. Penn State is in a 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 5.20 points, ahead of Mike Ross of Wartburg with 5.13 points.

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 has ascended to the Division I lead with 15 falls, holding the aggregate time tiebreaker by 12 minutes over Jason Nolf of Penn State and 17 minutes over Retherford.

In Division II, Central Oklahoma 165-pounder Mason Thompson increased his hold on the lead with his 14 falls, which is three more than Tiffin 184-pounder Hayden Bronne and Hinrichs.

Wesleyan (Connecticut) teammates Devon Carrillo and Isaiah Bellamy are tied with 18 falls in Division III. Carrillo, at 197 pounds, holds the aggregate time tiebreaker by more than seven minutes over his heavyweight teammate.

Cam Sykora of North Dakota State and Kyle Shoop of Lock Haven lead Division I with 10 tech falls as aggregate time breaks the tie again by 1:19 (42:19 – 43:38), while Jamel Morris of NC State and Myles Martin of Ohio State each have nine.

Nick Vandermeer of Lake Erie has reclaimed sole possession of the tech fall lead in Division II with eight.

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 HughesHofstra2851529:06
2Jason NolfPenn St.1571541:53
3Zain RetherfordPenn St.1571546:26
4Ben DarmstadtCornell1971425:51
5Bo NickalPenn St.1971320:47
6Matt StencelCentral Mich.2851115:22
7Shakur RasheedPenn St.1971011:36
8Bryce MeredithWyoming1411019:47
9Jacob SchwarmUNI125916:53
10Mark HallPenn St.197918:30
Division II
1Mason ThompsonCentral Okla.1651443:41
2Hayden BronneTiffin1841117:12
3Jarrod HinrichsNeb.-Kearney2851148:57
4Lawrence PhillipsSt. Cloud St.2851017:52
5Trenton PiattWestern St.1251049:25
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)1971832:02
2Isaiah BellamyWesleyan (CT)2851839:55
3Jake EvansWaynesburg2851734:45
4Michael DiNardoJohnson & Wales (RI)1971738:13
5Zachary RiegerAdrian2851641:47
6Isaac OdellWheaton (IL)1841648:01
7Jake AshcraftIthaca1841533:41
8Kaidon WintersRIT1651548:26
9Joe FuscoSpringfield2851553:52
10Avery JonesThomas More1841557:53
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Cam SykoraNorth Dakota St.1331042:19
2Kyle ShoopLock Haven1411043:38
3Jamel MorrisNC State133932:53
4Myles MartinOhio St.184946:15
5Austin DeSantoDrexel133827:08
6Ke-Shawn HayesOhio St.149830:41
7Ethan LizakMinnesota125835:27
8Isaiah MartinezIllinois165836:44
9Chance MarstellerLock Haven165837:17
10Nick LeePenn St.141735:06
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Nick VandermeerLake Erie165834:39
2George McGuireGannon157737:43
3Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown157738:46
4Ryan ApplebyKutztown285741:24
5Connor CraigWheeling Jesuit157742:35
6Sebastian VidikaAshland125619:35
7Nate VandermeerFindlay174625:23
8Nolan KistlerCalifornia Baptist174629:26
9Nate TrepanierLindenwood (MO)157525:19
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 MaloneyMessiah1491039:52
8Ben SwarrMessiah1741040:51
9Adrian GonzalezJohnson & Wales (RI)165939:57
10George VanvalenAlfred St.184940:41
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Zain RetherfordPenn St.1495.55
2Jason NolfPenn St.1575.10
3Bo NickalPenn St.1845.09
4Daniel LewisMissouri1744.94
5Mark HallPenn St.1744.78
6Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.1334.75
7Michael KemererIowa1574.72
8Ben DarmstadtCornell1974.69
9Zahid ValenciaArizona St.1744.67
10Mike HughesHofstra2854.55
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown1574.65
2Jarrod HinrichsNeb.-Kearney2854.43
3Chris EddinsPitt.-Johnstown1414.22
4Elijah HaleCentral Okla.1254.13
5Vince DietzSt. Cloud St.1974.00
6Jarred OftedahlSt. Cloud St.1413.71
7Darren WynnMcKendree1413.69
8Ivan McClayNotre Dame (OH)1333.68
9Bradley MetzFindlay1843.60
10Brandon SupernawWestern St.1973.56
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points
1Jake AshcraftIthaca1845.20
2Mike RossWartburg1575.13
3Devon CarrilloWesleyan (CT)1974.83
4Troy StanichStevens1334.79
5Isaiah BellamyWesleyan (CT)2854.76
6Michael DiNardoJohnson & Wales (RI)1974.74
6Guy PatronLoras1974.74
6Darden SchurgWabash1744.74
9Peter Del GalloSouthern Me.1254.69
9Jonathan HaasBrockport1254.69

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