Penn State, Wisconsin-Parkside, and Wesleyan wrestlers top first Most Dominant Wrestler 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 debuts the Most Dominant Wrestler award standings, which requires a 15-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 5.67 team points per match, to lead his teammates Jason Nolf and Bo Nickal who also average more than five points per match.

Nick Becker of Wisconsin-Parkside is the leader in Division II with an average of 4.80 points at 174 pounds to edge heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs of Nebraska-Kearney by .06 points per match.

Division III is the closest competition so far with only .01 points separating leader Isaiah Bellamy of Wesleyan (Connecticut) with 5.28 points per match at heavyweight over Wartburg 157-pounder Mike Ross at 5.27.

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)

Penn State 157-pounder Nolf holds a lead in aggregate time to break a tie with 149-pound teammate Retherford for the lead in Division I falls with 15 each.

In Division II, Central Oklahoma 165-pounder Mason Thompson continues to hold the lead with his 12 falls, which is one more than Tiffin 184-pounder Hayden Bronne.

Bellamy has staked his lead in the Most Dominant Wrestler standings by leading all divisions with 17 falls, while Michael DiNardo of Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) has 16.

Jamel Morris of NC State was the first Division I wrestler to reach double digits in tech falls with 10 this season in 38:07 as he maintains the national lead by aggregate time over Cam Sykora of North Dakota State.

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

Jay Albis of Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) has stormed to the Division III lead in tech falls with 15 at 133 pounds.

Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightAvgTeam Points
1Zain RetherfordPenn St.1495.67
2Jason NolfPenn St.1575.10
3Bo NickalPenn St.1845.05
4Daniel LewisMissouri1744.94
5Ben DarmstadtCornell1974.91
6Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.1334.83
7Michael KemererIowa1574.76
8Mark HallPenn St.1744.73
9Zahid ValenciaArizona St.1744.68
10Vincenzo JosephPenn St.1654.56
10Pete RendaNC State1844.56
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightAvgTeam Points
1Nick BeckerWis.-Parkside1744.80
2Jarrod HinrichsNeb.-Kearney2854.74
3Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown1574.47
4Jordan MurphyAshland1844.40
5Michael RaccioppiEast Stroudsburg1654.27
6Chris EddinsPitt.-Johnstown1414.13
7Vince DietzSt. Cloud St.1974.04
8Darren WynnMcKendree1413.73
9Jarred OftedahlSt. Cloud St.1413.60
10Carlos JacquezLindenwood (MO)1253.58
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightAvgTeam Points
1Isaiah BellamyWesleyan (CT)2855.28
2Mike RossWartburg1575.27
3Guy PatronLoras1975.04
4Jake AshcraftIthaca1845.00
5Darden SchurgWabash1744.74
6Jonathan HaasBrockport1254.73
7Troy StanichStevens1334.71
8Michael DiNardoJohnson & Wales (RI)1974.71
9Kyle HatchWabash1574.67
10Devon CarrilloWesleyan (CT)1974.64
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Jamel MorrisNC State1331038:07
2Cam SykoraNorth Dakota St.1331042:19
3Kyle ShoopLock Haven141940:54
4Myles MartinOhio St.184946:15
5Austin DeSantoDrexel133827:08
6Ke-Shawn HayesOhio St.149830:41
7Isaiah MartinezIllinois165836:44
8Chance MarstellerLock Haven165733:39
9Nick LeePenn St.141735:06
10Branson AshworthWyoming165739:15
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Nick VandermeerLake Erie165834:39
2Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown157738:46
3Ryan ApplebyKutztown285741:24
4Sebastian VidikaAshland125619:35
5Nate VandermeerFindlay174625:23
6George McGuireGannon157635:10
7Connor CraigWheeling Jesuit157638:06
8Nate TrepanierLindenwood (MO)157525:19
9Nick BeckerWis.-Parkside174526:07
10Donald NegusColorado Mesa174415:14
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Jay AlbisJohnson & Wales (RI)1331568:35
2Kyle KoserMessiah1971456:56
3Jimmy DavisLoras1491249:06
4Cross CannoneWartburg1491249:26
5Kyle FankWartburg1971143:17
6Bradan BirtMillikin1491147:41
7Stephen MaloneyMessiah1491039:52
8Ben SwarrMessiah1741040:51
9Adrian GonzalezJohnson & Wales (RI)165939:57
10George VanvalenAlfred St.184940:41
Division I
1Jason NolfPenn St.1571541:53
2Zain RetherfordPenn St.1491546:26
3Ben DarmstadtCornell1971425:51
4Mike HughesHofstra2851428:29
5Bo NickalPenn St.1841219:57
6Shakur RasheedPenn St.1971011:36
7Matt StencelCentral Mich.2851013:46
8Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.133921:21
9Keilan TorresNorthern Colo.165928:36
10Bryce MeredithWyoming141813:44
Division II
1Mason ThompsonCentral Okla.1651230:40
2Hayden BronneTiffin1841117:12
3Lawrence PhillipsSt. Cloud St.2851017:52
4Trenton PiattWestern St.1251049:25
5Justin HanekeSouthwest Minn. St.157922:20
6Jarrod HinrichsNeb.-Kearney285937:46
7Phillip SpringsteenMary165823:55
8Nicholas MasonTiffin197827:15
9Colton LooperCentral Okla.197715:34
10Jarred OftedahlSt. Cloud St.141716:50
Division III
1Isaiah BellamyWesleyan (CT)2851737:05
2Michael DiNardoJohnson & Wales (RI)1971636:53
3Isaac OdellWheaton (IL)1841546:56
4Joe FuscoSpringfield2851553:52
5DC ScottSimpson1971560:03
6Justin CochranRoger Williams1491420:06
7Devon CarrilloWesleyan (CT)1971422:08
8Jake EvansWaynesburg2851424:23
9Kyle HatchWabash1571442:19
10Dante GinnettiBaldwin Wallace1411465:41

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