College wrestling standings: NCAA debuts wrestling award standings for 2019 season

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released the debut standings for the 2019 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 (i.e. Division II vs. Division II). Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time.

Division I is paced in falls by Central Michigan heavyweight Matt Stencel and George Mason 165-pounder Colston DiBlasi with 12 falls. Stencel has made much quicker work of his opponents to hold the aggregate time tiebreaker by 25 minutes over DiBlasi. Kent State’s Andrew McNally is the only other Division I wrestler in double digits with 10 falls at 184 pounds.

A three-way tie with eight falls marks the Division II standings between Lake Erie’s Evan Loughman, Upper Iowa’s Justin Folley and Seton Hill’s Alan Diltz. Loughman wins the tiebreaker with an aggregate time of 17:01 at heavyweight to rank first ahead of 133-pounders Folley and Diltz.

Heavyweights lead the way in all three divisions as SUNY Oneonta’s James Bethel is the sole leader in Division III with 12 falls ahead of an eight-way logjam of wrestlers with 11 falls. Heidelberg 184-pounder Dylan Roth leads that tight group to take second place overall with an aggregate time of 17:45.

Last year’s winner for most tech falls is off to a strong start to repeat in Division I as Lock Haven’s Kyle Shoop has started this season with 10 tech falls. Oklahoma State 133-pounder Daton Fix is second with nine, while Minnesota’s 2017 NCAA finalist Ethan Lizak is third with eight.

A pair of 184-pounders pace Division II with four tech falls as Central Oklahoma’s Heath Gray holds the tiebreaker in aggregate time, 18:13 to 19:44, over Daniel Bishop of Augustana (South Dakota). UIndy heavyweight Dylan Faulkenberg leads an eight-way tie of three tech falls compiling his in just over eight minutes.

Messiah 149-pounder Stephen Maloney has earned 11 tech falls in Division III to lead by two over Heidelberg’s Jeremiah Slagle and three over Mount Union 133-pounder Jordin James.

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


Division I
1Matt StencelCentral Mich.2851220:38
2Colston DiBlasiGeorge Mason1651246:09
3Andrew McNallyKent St.1841034:43
4Bo NickalPenn St.197915:25
5Jason NolfPenn St.157932:52
6Jaydin EiermanMissouri141936:34
7Zahid ValenciaArizona St.174816:30
8Eli SpencerGeorge Mason197822:58
9Vincenzo JosephPenn St.165824:16
10Clay LauttNorth Carolina174712:06
Division II
1Evan LoughmanLake Erie285817:01
2Justin FolleyUpper Iowa133826:02
3Alan DiltzSeton Hill133830:23
4Jordan GundrumUpper Iowa174613:37
5Jacob RobbMercyhurst285616:41
6Nicholas MasonTiffin197621:43
7Faris MessaiGannon149627:15
8Ryan VasbinderMcKendree19757:33
9Shelden StrubleU Indy165512:16
10Vince DietzSt. Cloud St.197514:22
Division III
1James BethelSUNY Oneonta2851214:53
2Dylan RothHeidelberg1841117:45
3Jared MooneyPenn College1971120:42
4Joe FuscoSpringfield2851124:07
5Conner HomanMount Union1741125:09
6Michael McIntireMount Union1651126:18
7Da`mani BurnsJWU (Providence)1491129:33
8Izaake ZuckermanNYU1651132:35
9Jarrod SetliffOtterbein1841134:26
10Antwon PughMount Union1571021:02


1Kyle ShoopLock Haven1411041:11
2Daton FixOklahoma St.133942:55
3Ethan LizakMinnesota133834:37
4Kevin ParkerPrinceton184728:13
5Cam SykoraNorth Dakota St.133740:55
6Quentin PerezCampbell174627:36
7Nicholas PiccininniOklahoma St.125628:24
8Luke WernerLock Haven125636:46
9Spencer LeeIowa125513:27
10Branson AshworthWyoming165522:57
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Heath GrayCentral Okla.184418:13
2Daniel BishopAugustana (SD)184419:44
3Dylan FaulkenbergU Indy28538:16
4Nathan VandermeerFindlay174311:36
5John SiemaszLake Erie149311:41
6Travis SwansonSt. Cloud St.141312:45
7Josh PortilloNeb.-Kearney125314:54
8Colton DullMillersville197314:55
9Chris Eddins Jr.Pitt.-Johnstown149316:56
10Tate BarnhardtMary133317:17
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Stephen MaloneyMessiah1491150:21
2Jeremiah SlagleHeidelberg174943:14
3Jordin JamesMount Union133834:59
4Jay AlbisJWU (Providence)125732:26
5Connor CalkinsRIT285622:40
6Josiah GehrMessiah125630:35
7Luke HernandezMount Union149635:58
8Cross CannoneWartburg157516:44
9Evan DrillNYU149518:49
10Gregory WarnerYork (PA)149520:12