Familiar names hold top spots in recent fall and tech fall rankings

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated 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.

Central Michigan heavyweight Matt Stencel takes sole possession of first place in Division I with 15 falls, one more than George Mason 165-pounder Colston DiBlasi with 14. Kent State’s Andrew McNally continues to hold solo third place with 12 falls, while five more wrestlers have 10 or 11.

No change in Division II where Lake Erie heavyweight Evan Loughman has taken control of solo first with nine falls. Jacob Robb (Mercyhurst), Ryan Rochford (Adams State) and Justin Folley (Upper Iowa) are on his heels with eight falls.

Da’mani Burns and Tommy Wrzesien of JWU (Providence) control the top two places in Division III with 17 and 16 falls, respectively. Williams’ Joseph Rossetti at 141 pounds and heavyweight Jake Evans of Waynesburg are next with 15 each.

Lock Haven 141-pounder Kyle Shoop and Oklahoma State 133-pounder Daton Fix continue to go back-and-forth for the Division I lead in tech falls as both have 11, but Shoop holds the aggregate time tiebreaker by seven-plus minutes (48:11-55:59). They remain the only two wrestlers in the division to surpass double digits in tech falls.

Mercyhurst 165-pounder Logan Grass added one tech fall to maintain his lead in Division II with six tech falls after Nebraska-Kearney 125-pounder Josh Portillo reached five tech falls.

Messiah 149-pounder Stephen Maloney also added a tech fall to keep in first place in Division III with 13 tech falls, which remains two more than his nearest pursuer.

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.

NCAA STAT LEADERS — FALLS

DIVISION I

RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
1Matt StencelCentral Michigan2851537:30
2Colston DiBlasiGeorge Mason1651459:14
3Andrew McNallyKent State1841243:37
4Bo NickalPenn State1971122:31
5Jason NolfPenn State1571136:20
6Jaydin EiermanMissouri1411148:03
7Daniel LewisMissouri1741022:16
8Vincenzo JosephPenn State1651029:35
9Zahid ValenciaArizona State174917:48
10Eli SpencerGeorge Mason285927:09

DIVISION II

RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
1Evan LoughmanLake Erie285917:55
2Jacob RobbMercyhurst285821:23
3Ryan RochfordAdams State157822:58
4Justin FolleyUpper Iowa133826:02
5Vince DietzSt. Cloud State197721:35
6Nicholas MasonTiffin197725:55
7Ryan VasbinderMcKendree197611:52
8Jordan GundrumUpper Iowa174613:37
9Gavin WilkersonMercyhurst174614:28
10Paul GarciaColorado State- Pueblo141614:33

DIVISION III

RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
1Da`mani BurnsJWU (Providence)1491750:55
2Tommy WrzesienJWU (Providence)1971649:11
3Joseph RossettiWilliams1411534:27
4Jake EvansWaynesburg2851543:47
5James BethelSUNY Oneonta2851416:31
6Dylan RothHeidelberg1841425:10
7Antwon PughMount Union1571425:54
8Brennen DoebelWartburg1331426:48
9Conner HomanMount Union1741429:41
10Michael McIntireMount Union1651431:39

NCAA STAT LEADERS — TECH FALLS

DIVISION I

RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Kyle ShoopLock Haven1411148:11
2Daton FixOklahoma State1331155:59
3Nicholas PiccininniOklahoma State125943:37
4Quentin PerezCampbell174832:34
5Ethan LizakMinnesota133834:37
6Cam SykoraNorth Dakota State133845:55
7Kevin ParkerPrinceton184728:13
8RayVon FoleyMichigan State125735:21
9Spencer LeeIowa125615:43
10Branson AshworthWyoming165627:55

DIVISION II

RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Logan GrassMercyhurst165629:54
2Josh PortilloNebraska-Kearney125524:18
3Heath GrayCentral Oklahoma184418:13
4Connor CraigWheeling Jesuit174418:23
5Justin PichedwatanaSan Francisco State184419:28
6Daniel BishopAugustana (SD)184419:44
7Tate BarnhardtMary133421:46
8Brock BiddlePitt.-Johnstown174424:53
9Aidan BurkeMercyhurst13336:18
10Dylan FaulkenbergUIndy28538:16

DIVISION III

RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Stephen MaloneyMessiah1491356:42
2Jordin JamesMount Union1331150:03
3Jay AlbisJWU (Providence)1251153:31
4Jeremiah SlagleHeidelberg1741048:51
5Troy StanichStevens1411062:11
6Gregory WarnerYork (PA)149930:52
7Cross CannoneWartburg157829:42
8Bradan BirtMillikin157837:05
9Richard BurkeBaldwin Wallace157723:25
10Evan DrillNYU149729:26
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