Races remain close in the chase for NCAA wrestling awards

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.

This week features the second release of the Most Dominant Wrestler standings for the 2018-19 season, which features a 16-match minimum to earn a ranking.

The No. 1 ranked team in the country is appropriately well represented as three Nittany Lions lead the pack for most dominant in Division I. Bo Nickal is first for Penn State by producing 5.37 average team points per match, followed by Jason Nolf (5.15) and Vincenzo Joseph (4.94). That trio of national champions is followed by another title holder in Cornell 141-pounder Yianni Diakomihalis in fourth at 4.88 points per match.

St. Cloud State’s Vince Dietz paces Division II with 4.71 points per match at 197 pounds. A pair of Pittsburgh-Johnstown wrestlers, Chris Eddins Jr. (4.5), and Brock Biddle (4.14) are second and third, while Lindenwood (Missouri) 125-pounder Carlos Jacquez is the only other DII wrestler with an average over four at 4.05.

SUNY Oneonta heavyweight James Bethel is pulling away for Division III most dominant with 5.48 team points per match. Wartburg’s Brennen Doebel and Stevens’ Troy Stanich are separated by .03 points in the next two positions.

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)

Central Michigan heavyweight Matt Stencel picked up his 16th fall of the season last week to remain atop the Division I standings with one more than George Mason’s Colston DiBlasi. Penn State’s Nickal, the top-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds, pinned the No. 2 wrestler, Kollin Moore of Ohio State, for his 13th of the season and holds third position.

Lake Erie heavyweight Evan Loughman is the first Division II wrestler with double digit falls holding the national lead with 11. Nicholas Mason of Tiffin is the second with 10 at 197 pounds to hold second place, while Ryan Vasbinder of McKendree and James Laconte of Western Colorado have nine.

Waynesburg heavyweight Jakes Evans is the first wrestler in the country to reach 20 falls to lead Division III. Bethel and Da’mani Burns of JWU (Providence) are on the verge of the 20-fall milestone with 19 and Joseph Rossetti of Williams has 18.

Lock Haven 141-pounder Kyle Shoop tallied tech falls against Rider and Clarion last weekend to reach 14 on the season and build a lead of two over Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix and four over the Cowboys’ Nicholas Piccininni.

Nebraska-Kearney 125-pounder Josh Portillo picked up a quick tech fall over Fort Hays State on Sunday for his seventh of the season and by an aggregate time of 34:27 holds the national lead in Division II by 24 seconds over Mercyhurst’s Logan Grass. Eddins of Pitt.-Johnstown holds solo third with five tech falls, while a throng of wrestlers are still in the running with four.

Messiah 149-pounder Stephen Maloney maintains sole possession of first place in Division III tech falls with 14, while Jay Albis of JWU (Providence) leads the chasers with 13 in second place.



RankNameSchoolWeightAverage Team Points
1Bo NickalPenn State1975.37
2Jason NolfPenn State1575.15
3Vincenzo JosephPenn State1654.94
4Yianni DiakomihalisCornell1414.88
5Alex MarinelliIowa1654.76
6Daniel LewisMissouri1744.6
7Anthony AshnaultRutgers1494.53
8Nicholas PiccininniOklahoma State1254.33
9Gable StevesonMinnesota2854.24
10Sebastian RiveraNorthwestern1254.15


RankNameSchoolWeight Average Team Points
1Vince DietzSt. Cloud State1974.71
2Chris Eddins Jr.Pitt.-Johnstown1494.5
3Brock BiddlePitt.-Johnstown1844.14
4Carlos JacquezLindenwood (MO)1254.05
5Haszell WestColorado State-Pueblo1973.94
6Hayden BronneTiffin1843.83
7Brandon BallFort Hays State1413.81
8Kolton EischensSt. Cloud State1743.78
9Joey AlessandroPitt.-Johnstown1413.76
10Heath GrayCentral Oklahoma1843.65


RankNameSchoolWeightAverage Team Points
1James BethelSUNY Oneonta2855.48
2Brennen DoebelWartburg1335.33
3Troy StanichStevens1415.3
4Jake EvansWaynesburg2855.19
5Da`mani BurnsJWU (Providence)1495.07
6Adarios JonesAugustana (IL)2855.06
7Antwon PughMount Union1575
8Kaidon WintersRIT1575
9Konrad ErnstWisconsin-La Crosse2854.95
10Brendan LaddAlma1414.87



1Matt StencelCentral Michigan2851638:36
2Colston DiBlasiGeorge Mason1651562:00
3Bo NickalPenn State1971329:59
4Andrew McNallyKent State1841243:37
5Jaydin EiermanMissouri1411249:55
6Daniel LewisMissouri1741126:31
7Jason NolfPenn State1571136:20
8Drew HughesMichigan State1741028:39
9Vincenzo JosephPenn State1651029:35
10Zahid ValenciaArizona State174917:48


1Evan LoughmanLake Erie2851124:25
2Nicholas MasonTiffin1971035:22
3Ryan VasbinderMcKendree197920:29
4James LaconteWestern Colorado174925:27
5Jacob RobbMercyhurst285821:23
6Ryan RochfordAdams State157822:58
7Vince DietzSt. Cloud State197825:51
8Justin FolleyUpper Iowa133826:02
9Hayden BronneTiffin184712:24
10Shelden StrubleUIndy165716:58


1Jake EvansWaynesburg2852060:17
2James BethelSUNY Oneonta2851921:22
3Da`mani BurnsJWU (Providence)1491957:58
4Joseph RossettiWilliams1411844:31
5Troy StanichStevens1411748:08
6Tommy WrzesienJWU (Providence)1971751:07
7Conner HomanMount Union1741631:08
8Brett KalinerStevens1491655:06
9Dylan RothHeidelberg1841527:59
10Michael McIntireMount Union1651532:44



RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Kyle ShoopLock Haven1331464:10
2Daton FixOklahoma State1331259:46
3Nicholas PiccininniOklahoma State1251049:34
4Ethan LizakMinnesota133941:24
5Quentin PerezCampbell174832:34
6RayVon FoleyMichigan State125842:21
7Cam SykoraNorth Dakota State133845:55
8Kevin ParkerPrinceton184728:13
9Branson AshworthWyoming165730:34
10Spencer LeeIowa125615:43


RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Josh PortilloNeb.-Kearney125734:27
2Logan GrassMercyhurst165734:51
3Chris Eddins Jr.Pitt.-Johnstown149528:13
4Efe OsaghaeFort Hays State157413:08
5Ronnie PietroUNC Pembroke133416:44
6Heath GrayCentral Oklahoma184418:13
7Connor CraigWheeling Jesuit174418:23
8Justin PichedwatanaSan Francisco State184419:28
9Daniel BishopAugustana (SD)184419:44
10Trey GrineTiffin149420:37


RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Stephen MaloneyMessiah1491458:36
2Jay AlbisJWU (Providence)1251365:08
3Jordin JamesMount Union1331251:31
4Bradan BirtMillikin1571142:45
5Jeremiah SlagleHeidelberg1741150:07
6Lukas KaminskiTrinity (CT)1571050:38
7Troy StanichStevens1411062:11
8Gregory WarnerYork (PA)149930:52
9Diego SantiagoNew England Col.125949:21
10Trevor CorlLycoming157824:14

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