NCAA standings feature multiple ties in second week of release

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.

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The Division I lead in falls is also the all-division best mark as George Mason 165-pounder Colston DiBlasi has put his opponents’ shoulders down 14 times this season, two more than Central Michigan heavyweight Matt Stencel. Penn State national champion Bo Nickal and Kent State’s Andrew McNally are also in double figures with 10.

A three-way tie with eight falls marks the Division II standings for the second week in a row between Lake Erie’s Evan Loughman, Upper Iowa’s Justin Folley and Mercyhurst’s Jacob Robb. Loughman wins the tiebreaker with an aggregate time of 17:01 at heavyweight to rank first.

The falls race in Division III features four wrestlers with 13 this season, paced by SUNY Oneonta heavyweight James Bethel with an aggregate time of 15:56 as it is taking him less than 75 seconds on average to deliver the fall. Wartburg’s Brennen Doebel, Mount Union’s Conner Homan and NYU’s Izaake Zuckerman also have reached 13 falls this season, while four more wrestlers are nipping at their heels with 12.

Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix has moved into a tie with Lock Haven’s Kyle Shoop, last year’s winner for most tech falls, with 10 in Division I. Shoop holds an eight-minute advantage in aggregate time to hold the tiebreaker and the top spot in this week’s standings. Minnesota’s Ethan Lizak is alone in third with eight at 133 pounds, followed by three more competitors with seven.

Tech falls have been a little harder to come by in Division II, where four wrestlers have each earned a quartet of tech falls. Central Oklahoma 184-pounder Heath Gray holds the tiebreaker with an aggregate time of 18:13 over Augustana (South Dakota) 184-pounder Daniel Bishop in 19:44. Mercyhurst’s Logan Grass (20:24) and Josh Portillo of Nebraska-Kearney (21:18) are also within three minutes of the lead.

Messiah 149-pounder Stephen Maloney is pulling away early in Division III with 12 tech falls to lead all NCAA divisions. Heidelberg’s Jeremiah Slagle is trying to keep pace in solo second with nine, while Jordin James of Mount Union is in solo third with eight.

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
1Colston DiBlasiGeorge Mason1651459:14
2Matt StencelCentral Michigan2851220:38
3Bo NickalPenn State1971021:33
4Andrew McNallyKent State1841034:43
5Zahid ValenciaArizona State174917:48
6Eli SpencerGeorge Mason197927:09
7Jason NolfPenn State157932:52
8Jaydin EiermanMissouri141936:34
9Daniel LewisMissouri174818:56
10Vincenzo JosephPenn State165824:16
DIVISION II
RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
1Evan LoughmanLake Erie285817:01
2Jacob RobbMercyhurst285821:23
3Justin FolleyUpper Iowa133826:02
4Ryan RochfordAdams State157720:58
5Nicholas MasonTiffin197725:55
6Ryan VasbinderMcKendree197611:52
7Jordan GundrumUpper Iowa174613:37
8Zachary MullerSt. Cloud State285616:31
9James LaconteWestern Colorado174616:44
10Vince DietzSt. Cloud State197616:58
DIVISION III
RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
1James BethelSUNY Oneonta2851315:56
2Brennen DoebelWartburg1331324:41
3Conner HomanMount Union1741328:57
4Izaake ZuckermanNYU1651336:26
5Joe FuscoSpringfield2851227:23
6Michael McIntireMount Union1651227:47
7Da`mani BurnsJWU (Providence)1491230:30
8Jake EvansWaynesburg2851230:53
9Jake PeavySouthern Me.2851116:37
10Dylan RothHeidelberg1841117:45
NCAA STAT LEADERS — TECH FALLS
Division I
RankNameSchoolWeightTech Falls
1Kyle ShoopLock Haven14110
2Daton FixOklahoma State13310
3Ethan LizakMinnesota1338
4Kevin ParkerPrinceton1847
5Nicholas PiccininniOklahoma State1257
6Cam SykoraNorth Dakota State1337
7Spencer LeeIowa1256
8Quentin PerezCampbell1746
9Sebastian RiveraNorthwestern1256
10Luke WernerLock Haven1256
Division II
RankNameSchoolWeightTech Falls
1Heath GrayCentral Oklahoma1844
2Daniel BishopAugustana (SD)1844
3Logan GrassMercyhurst1654
4Josh PortilloNeb.-Kearney1254
5Aidan BurkeMercyhurst1333
6Dylan FaulkenbergUIndy2853
7Nathan VandermeerFindlay1743
8John SiemaszLake Erie1493
9Travis SwansonSt. Cloud State1413
10Colton DullMillersville1973
Division III
RankNameSchoolWeightTech Falls
1Stephen MaloneyMessiah14912
2Jeremiah SlagleHeidelberg1749
3Jordin JamesMount Union1338
4Jay AlbisJWU (Providence)1257
5Josiah GehrMessiah1257
6Tyler GazawayRoger Williams1577
7Luke HernandezMount Union1497
8Troy StanichStevens1417
9Trevor CorlLycoming1496
10Cross CannoneWartburg1576
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