NCAA Wrestling Awards Standings Update – Week 3

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2020 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 for the awards 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.

Northern Iowa 125-pounder Jacob Schwarm has moved up the leaderboard for Division I falls with a pair last week over Northern Colorado and Air Force. He is the third wrestler in the division to reach 10 falls and sits third behind leader Ben Darmstadt of Cornell with 11. Central Michigan heavyweight Matt Stencel also has 10 and holds second place via his quicker aggregate time.

Tiffin 174-pounder Hayden Bronne continues to lead Division II with 11 falls, while Fort Hays State heavyweight AJ Cooper is the big mover to second with falls over Central Missouri and Ouachita Baptist to become only the second wrestler in the division with double-digit falls.

Johnson & Wales (Providence) 149-pounder Marvin Cunningham picked up four falls to win his weight class at the NEWA Open to take over first in Division III with 16 falls. New England College 149-pounder Evan Fidelibus picked up three falls in duals against Norwich, Southern Maine and Bridgewater State to take over second with 15 falls. Six additional wrestlers are on their heels with 14 falls.

No change in Division I tech falls with George Mason redshirt senior Alex Madrigal holding a commanding lead with 10, three more than second place Pat Glory of Princeton. Iowa 125-pound national champion Spencer Lee has begun to make a run at the award with tech falls in each of his last three matches to move into third with six.

The St. Louis metro area features the top two in tech falls in Division II as McKendree 197-pounder Ryan Vasbinder and Lindenwood (Missouri) 125-pounder Carlos Jacquez lead the way with five. Vasbinder holds the tiebreaker with a time of 23:36, eight minutes quicker than Jacquez. The race for the award is far from over as 10 wrestlers are one back with four techs.

Four wrestlers have surpassed double digits in tech falls in Division III, led by Roger Williams 149-pounder Tyler Gazaway with 12. Gazaway picked up tech falls in duals over Western New England and JWU (Providence) last week to move one ahead of York (Pennsylvania) 125-pounder Jared Kuhns. Stephen Maloney (Messiah) and Thomas Poklikuha (Stevens) round out the double-figure tech fall group in Division III.

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

Division I – Falls 

1Ben DarmstadtCornell1971120:09
2Matt StencelCentral Mich.2851019:24
3Jacob SchwarmUNI1251021:37
4Greg BulsakClarion197926:19
5Colston DiBlasiGeorge Mason149936:24
6Cody SurrattAir Force17489:51
7Denton SpencerVirginia149812:58
8Mitch McKeeMinnesota141815:25
9Josh Mason Bloomsburg133822:46
10Tanner CookSouth Dakota St.165823:50

Division II – Falls 

1Hayden BronneTiffin1741115:11
2AJ CooperFort Hays St.2851029:59
3Jacob RobbMercyhurst285921:15
4Nicholas MasonTiffin197925:42
5Luke McGonigalMercyhurst197813:26
6Elijah MahanLindenwood (MO)174822:41
7Kaleb WarnerUNC Pembroke165823:56
8Chris Eddins Jr.Pitt.-Johnstown149713:36
9Jared CampbellNotre Dame (OH)285715:38
10Tyler LawleyNewman133715:57

Division III – Falls 

1Marvin CunninghamJWU (Providence)1491640:57
2Evan FidelibusNew England Col.1491520:08
3Joe SalernoWashington & Lee1491417:50
4Joseph RossettiWilliams1411426:52
5Kaidon WintersRIT1571432:54
6Brett KalinerStevens1491436:38
7Nicholas MorenoCoast Guard1651436:55
8Kyle SlendornStevens1331455:06
9Dominic SkawiniakSaint John’s (MN)1971322:12
10Hadyn SwartwoodLycoming1741325:33

Division I – Tech Falls 

1Alex MadrigalGeorge Mason1411046:28
2Pat GloryPrinceton125733:13
3Spencer LeeIowa125626:30
4Quentin PerezCampbell165627:57
5Derek SpannBuffalo133638:09
6Devin SchroderPurdue125515:18
7Luke WernerLock Haven125519:02
8Nicholas PiccininniOklahoma St.125520:29
9Connor FlynnMissouri165523:03
10Devin SkatzkaMinnesota174523:12

Division II – Tech Falls 

1Ryan VasbinderMcKendree197523:36
2Carlos JacquezLindenwood (MO)125531:56
3Josh PortilloNeb.-Kearney125415:32
4Connor CraigPitt.-Johnstown184417:14
5Myles StarkeLander 184417:48
6Carson SpeelmanAshland149419:26
7Aryus JonesFort Hays St.184419:55
8Curtis CoxAlderson Broaddus141420:44
9Gino SitaAlderson Broaddus184421:01
10Branson ProudlockFindlay141421:04

Division III – Tech Falls 

1Tyler GazawayRoger Williams1491247:55
2Jared KuhnsYork (PA)1251159:02
3Stephen MaloneyMessiah1571038:10
4Thomas Poklikuha Stevens1651039:39
5Ahken ChuSUNY Oneonta141933:35
6Brett LeonardRoger Williams174834:25
7Travis JonesIthaca133837:53
8Aaron WilsonAugsburg149730:26
9Troy Stanich Stevens141731:23
10Noah NiemanAdrian149732:15

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