DII and DIII regionals help shape award standings headed into NCAA championships

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 results to be counted they must come against opponents in the same division (i.e. Division II vs. Division II). Ties in the falls and tech falls categories are broken based on the aggregate time.

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Division II and III wrestlers competed in their NCAA regional qualifying tournaments over the weekend to set the standings headed into the NCAA championships.

Chris Eddins, Jr., earned a fall, tech fall and major decision in the 149-pound final on his way to the NCAA Division II Super Regional I championship for Pittsburgh-Johnstown and took the lead in the race for most dominant with an average of 4.58 team points per match. St. Cloud State 197-pounder Vince Dietz grinded out a pair of close decisions in the semis and final to win his weight class in NCAA Super Regional V to fall just .02 points (4.56) behind Eddins headed to nationals in Cleveland. Western Colorado 174-pounder Brandon Supernaw won his weight class in NCAA Super Regional VI and sits third with 4.39 points.

Four wrestlers are closely bunched behind the national leader for most dominant and all are headed to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Roanoke, Virginia. SUNY Oneonta heavyweight James Bethel won the Mideast regional picking up a fall and tech fall to be the leader with an average of 5.29 team points per match. Jake Evans of Waynesburg is second with 5.11 points after two major decisions and a fall in a runner-up finish in the Southeast regional. Heavyweight Konrad Ernst of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Stevens 141-pounder Troy Stanich are tied for third with 5.08 points, while Rochester Institute of Technology 157-pounder Kaidon Winters has 5.04 points.

Bo Nickal of Penn State needed just 1:19 to pin Brett Perry of Buffalo over the weekend to increase his lead for most dominant in Division I to 5.41 points. Jason Nolf (5.26) and Vincenzo Joseph (5.00) also had falls against the Bulls to keep pace with their teammate.

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)

A fall on Friday over Michigan State’s Chris Beard gave Central Michigan heavyweight Matt Stencel his 17th of the season to hold a lead of one over George Mason’s Colston DiBlasi. Nickal maintains his position in third with 15, while Missouri 141-pounder Jaydin Eierman has 14.

Lake Erie heavyweight Evan Loughman had two falls in NCAA Super Regional III over the weekend to hold the Division II lead by one over McKendree’s Ryan Vasbinder and two more than Tiffin’s Nicholas Mason. Newberry heavyweight Patton Gossett is the only other wrestler in double digits with 10.

While chasing James Bethel for most dominant, Waynesburg’s Evans is the national leader in falls with 22, one more than his fellow heavyweight and with a potential meeting at the NCAA Championships on tap next weekend. Da’mani Burns of JWU (Providence) had two falls at the Northeast regional on his way to a runner-up finish at 149 pounds and has 21 falls on his resume to sit third based on aggregate time.

The standings for tech falls in Division I remain the same this week with Lock Haven’s Kyle Shoop holding the lead with 14, over Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix (12) and Nicholas Piccininni (10).

Nebraska-Kearney 125-pounder Josh Portillo and Mercyhurst 165-pounder Logan Grass are both headed to Cleveland with eight tech falls in Division II. Portillo holds a narrow advantage in aggregate time of just 58 seconds.

Messiah 149-pounder Stephen Maloney had two tech falls on his way to second place in the Southeast regional to increase his national lead in Division III to 17. Northeast regional 125-pound champ Jay Albis of JWU (Providence) had two of his own to keep pace with 15 tech falls, while Jordin James of Mount Union has 13.

NCAA STAT LEADERS — MOST DOMINANT WRESTLER

DIVISION I

RankNameSchoolWeightAverage Team Points
1Bo NickalPenn State1975.41
2Jason NolfPenn State1575.26
3Vincenzo JosephPenn State1655
4Alex MarinelliIowa1654.8
5Daniel LewisMissouri1744.59
6Yianni DiakomihalisCornell1414.58
7Anthony AshnaultRutgers1494.48
8Nicholas PiccininniOklahoma State1254.39
9Gable StevesonMinnesota2854.27
10Myles MartinOhio State1844.24

DIVISION II

RankNameSchoolWeightAverage Team Points
1Chris Eddins Jr.Pitt.-Johnstown1494.58
2Vince DietzSt. Cloud State1974.56
3Brandon SupernawWestern Colorado1744.39
4Trey GrineTiffin1494.18
5Connor CraigWheeling Jesuit1744
6Carlos JacquezLindenwood (MO)1253.96
7Brandon BallFort Hays State1413.95
8Matt MalcomNebraska-Kearney1573.88
8Brock BiddlePitt.-Johnstown1843.88
10Kolton EischensSt. Cloud State1743.77

DIVISION III

RankNameSchoolWeightAverage Team Points
1James BethelSUNY Oneonta2855.29
2Jake EvansWaynesburg2855.11
3Konrad ErnstWisconsin-La Crosse2855.08
3Troy StanichStevens1415.08
5Kaidon WintersRIT1575.04
6Da`mani BurnsJWU (Providence)1494.9
7Antwon PughMount Union1574.87
8Nicholas MorenoCoast Guard1744.83
9Jake AshcraftIthaca1844.82
9Adarios JonesAugustana (IL)2854.82

NCAA STAT LEADERS — FALLS

DIVISION I

RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
1Matt StencelCentral Michigan2851740:10
2Colston DiBlasiGeorge Mason1651664:18
3Bo NickalPenn State1971531:53
4Jaydin EiermanMissouri1411458:37
5Jason NolfPenn State1571345:51
6Daniel LewisMissouri1741228:35
7Vincenzo JosephPenn State1651234:26
8Drew HughesMichigan State1741129:46
9Andrew McNallyKent State1841136:56
10Zahid ValenciaArizona State1741019:14

DIVISION II

RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
1Evan LoughmanLake Erie2851329:50
2Ryan VasbinderMcKendree1971223:13
3Nicholas MasonTiffin1971141:15
4Patton GossettNewberry2851025:30
5Ryan RochfordAdams State157923:58
6James LaconteWestern Colorado174925:27
7Justin FolleyUpper Iowa133927:08
8Vince DietzSt. Cloud State197928:05
9Hayden BronneTiffin184813:10
10Shelden StrubleUIndy165818:11

DIVISION III

RankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime
1Jake EvansWaynesburg2852266:23
2James BethelSUNY Oneonta2852125:14
3Da`mani BurnsJWU (Providence)1492162:03
4Joseph RossettiWilliams1411945:17
5Tommy WrzesienJWU (Providence)2851953:11
6Drew MandellOlivet1491734:51
7Marvin CunninghamJWU (Providence)1491745:33
8Troy StanichStevens1411748:08
9Brett KalinerStevens1491757:10
10Conner HomanMount Union1741631:08

NCAA STAT LEADERS — TECH FALLS

DIVISION I

RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Kyle ShoopLock Haven1331464:10
2Daton FixOklahoma State1331259:46
3Nicholas PiccininniOklahoma State1251049:34
4Ethan LizakMinnesota133941:24
5RayVon FoleyMichigan State125948:37
6Quentin PerezCampbell174832:34
7Branson AshworthWyoming165836:49
8Cam SykoraNorth Dakota State133845:55
9Stephen LoiseauDrexel197726:38
10Kevin ParkerPrinceton184728:13

DIVISION II

RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Josh PortilloNebraska-Kearney125837:27
2Logan GrassMercyhurst165838:25
3Heath GrayCentral Oklahoma184626:54
4Connor CraigWheeling Jesuit174628:29
5Chris Eddins Jr.Pitt.-Johnstown149631:18
6Ronnie PietroUNC Pembroke133522:30
7Trey GrineTiffin149523:20
8Efe OsaghaeFort Hays State157413:08
9Brendan HowardPitt.-Johnstown125413:09
10Rylee BillingsKing (TN)125413:53

DIVISION III

RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Stephen MaloneyMessiah1491772:37
2Jay AlbisJWU (Providence)1251569:18
3Jordin JamesMount Union1331356:45
4Bradan BirtMillikin1571247:32
5Jeremiah SlagleHeidelberg1741253:59
6Troy StanichStevens1411273:23
7Gregory WarnerYork (PA)1491034:01
8Cross CannoneWartburg1571040:35
9Lukas KaminskiTrinity (CT)1571050:38
10Diego SantiagoNew England College1251056:21
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