NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler Award standings unveiled

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.

This week features the unveiling of standings for the Most Dominant Wrestler award, which features a 15-match minimum to qualify for the standings.

In Division I, two-time national champion Zahid Valencia of Arizona State holds the slimmest of leads over Penn State 141-pounder Nick Lee for the award. Valencia averages 4.89 team points per match, while Lee sits at 4.88. Princeton 125-pounder Pat Glory, Nittany Lion 174-pounder Mark Hall and Michigan heavyweight Mason Parris round out the top five.

Two-time national champion Chris Eddins Jr., of Pittsburgh-Johnstown leads the Most Dominant Wrestler standings in Division II with an average of 4.83 points.  McKendree 197-pounder Ryan Vasbinder and Central Oklahoma 184-pounder Heath Gray complete the top three in the division.

Division III Most Dominant Wrestler is led by Stevens 149-pounder Brett Kaliner with an average of 5.52 points, while a pair of teammates from Coast Guard are in close pursuit with Nicholas Moreno and Patrick Irwin at 5.40 and 5.30 points, respectively.

 The Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated by adding the total number of team 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

NCAA Stat Leaders – Most Dominant

1Zahid ValenciaArizona St.1844.89
2Nick LeePenn St.1414.88
3Pat GloryPrinceton1254.74
4Mark HallPenn St.1744.72
5Mason ParrisMichigan2854.41
6Shane GriffithStanford1654.29
7Kollin MooreOhio St.1974.27
8Noah AdamsWest Virginia1974.25
9Ryan DeakinNorthwestern1574.20
9Tanner CookSouth Dakota St.1654.20
1Chris Eddins Jr.Pitt.-Johnstown1494.83
2Ryan VasbinderMcKendree1974.61
3Heath GrayCentral Okla.1844.29
4Jonathan AndreattaAdams St.1334.27
5Trey GrineTiffin1574.16
6Hayden BronneTiffin1744.12
7Matt MalcomNeb.-Kearney1654.07
8Nick FosterMcKendree1654.00
9Tyler LawleyNewman1333.75
10Gavin NyeColorado St.-Pueblo2853.72
1Brett KalinerStevens1495.52
2Nicholas MorenoCoast Guard1655.40
3Patrick IrwinCoast Guard2855.30
4Robert AreyanoCentral1495.20
5Bradan BirtMillikin1655.11
6Troy StanichStevens1415.04
7Kyle HatchWabash1654.94
8Dan OrtegaTCNJ1254.88
9Hadyn SwartwoodLycoming1744.79
10Tanner VassarAugsburg1844.78

*15-match minimum in division required to be ranked.

Last season’s winner of the award for most falls in Division I is back in the lead looking for a repeat as Central Michigan heavyweight Matt Stencel posted a pair of falls, both in less than a minute, over Buffalo and Kent State last week.  Cornell’s Ben Darmstadt earned a fall over Penn to keep pace with 12 on the season in second.

Tiffin 174-pounder Hayden Bronne, the 2018 winner in Division II for most falls, is pulling away as he looks for his second career award in this category.  He is up to 18 falls on the season, five more than Fort Hays State’s AJ Cooper and nine more than the next group of wrestlers in the standings.

New England College’s Evan Fidelibus tallied one fall last week to move to 20 on the season and within one of national leader Marvin Cunningham of JWU (Providence) in Division III.

George Mason 141-pounder Alex Madrigal won 19-2 over Hofstra over the weekend to notch his Division I-leading 11th tech fall of the season and move three ahead of Iowa’s Spencer Lee, Oklahoma State’s Nicholas Piccininni and Princeton’s Pat Glory. 

With a 20-4 victory over Central Missouri, McKendree 197-pounder Ryan Vasbinder increased his lead in Division II tech falls as his eight on the season are two more than Anthony Mancini of Nebraska-Kearney and Carlos Jacquez of Lindenwood (Missouri).

A pair of technical falls over Penn College and Oswego State have moved SUNY Oneonta 141-pounder Ahken Chu into the national lead in Division III with 13 tech falls in a combined time of 49:26. The time is critical because that gives him the tiebreaker over Tyler Gazaway of Roger Williams and Stephen Maloney of Messiah who also have compiled 13 tech falls.

NCAA Stat Leaders – Falls

1Matt StencelCentral Mich.2851325:35
2Ben DarmstadtCornell1971220:33
3Jacob SchwarmUNI1251122:53
4Josh MasonBloomsburg1331024:05
5Tanner CookSouth Dakota St.1651028:55
6Cody SurrattAir Force174911:50
7Randy Meneweather IIAir Force165920:53
8Anthony MantanonaOklahoma174923:47
9Jason KraisserCampbell149926:09
10Greg BulsakClarion197926:19
1Hayden BronneTiffin1741831:52
2AJ CooperFort Hays St.2851344:44
3Luke McGonigalMercyhurst197915:03
4Chris Eddins Jr.Pitt.-Johnstown149919:31
5Jacob RobbMercyhurst285921:15
6Tyler LawleyNewman133922:41
7Nicholas MasonTiffin197925:42
8Kalin WinklerCentral Okla.197928:28
9Greg HilliardBelmont Abbey165815:16
10Joel LeiseGannon184817:53
1Marvin CunninghamJWU (Providence)1492155:43
2Evan FidelibusNew England Col.1492027:36
3Michael DiNardoJWU (Providence)2851939:37
4Joseph RossettiWilliams1411944:05
5Kaidon WintersRIT1571945:24
6Brett KalinerStevens1491745:57
7Bradan BirtMillikin1651630:30
8Evan LawrenceWis.-Eau Claire1741633:08
9Hayden BrownJWU (Providence)1331635:26
10Nicholas MorenoCoast Guard1651641:42

NCAA Stat Leaders – Tech Falls

1Alex MadrigalGeorge Mason1411152:41
2Spencer LeeIowa125832:21
3Nicholas PiccininniOklahoma St.125839:12
4Pat GloryPrinceton125839:22
5Devin SchroderPurdue125725:25
6Nick LeePenn St.141738:36
7Luke WernerLock Haven125620:15
8Devin SkatzkaMinnesota174625:12
9Quentin PerezCampbell165627:57
10Kollin MooreOhio St.197633:34
1Ryan VasbinderMcKendree197838:30
2Anthony ManciniNeb.-Kearney184628:30
3Carlos JacquezLindenwood (MO)125638:56
4Logan GrassMerychurst165517:58
5Josh PortilloNeb.-Kearney125519:22
6Trey GrineTiffin157521:17
7Aryus JonesFort Hays St.184522:59
8Airk FursethWis.-Parkside133523:43
9Gino SitaAlderson Broaddus184525:48
10Dawson CombestUIndy157526:41
1Ahken ChuSUNY Oneonta1411349:26
2Tyler GazawayRoger Williams1491349:47
3Stephen MaloneyMessiah1571350:11
4Thomas PoklikuhaStevens1741144:19
5Noah NiemanAdrian1491152:46
6Travis JonesIthaca133942:11
7Gabriel McDanielJWU (Providence)157833:35
8Brett LeonardRoger Williams174834:25
9Schuyler CaprellaOhio Northern157834:27
10Aaron WilsonAugsburg149837:26