NCAA wrestling award standings update

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2022 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.

King Sandoval of Maryland holds the sole lead in Division I with 11 falls at 133 pounds, but he has a group of four wrestlers chasing him with 10 falls. That group is led by Owen Pentz of North Dakota State, followed by Tanner Cook of South Dakota State and Wyatt Hendrickson of Air Force who are separated by less than two minutes of aggregate time.

UIndy 149-pounder Logan Bailey had a big weekend with three falls to move into the lead in Division II over Tiffin’s Nicholas Mason. Both wrestlers have 11 falls, but Bailey has reached that mark in eight minutes less aggregate time than Mason.

Michael Gonyea of Castleton has raced to the top spot in Division III with 19 falls at 133 pounds this season, while Washington & Lee 165-pounder Joe Salerno has 18.

Rutgers 141-pounder Sebastian Rivera has already established a dominant lead in Division I with 11 tech falls this season, including five in a row during the season against Wisconsin, Illinois, Penn State, Michigan State, and Michigan. The next closest group of wrestlers have six tech falls, led by Michael McGee of Arizona State in an aggregate time of 25:32.

Nebraska-Kearney 174-pounder Austin Eldredge has pulled ahead of teammate Matt Malcom in Division II with a lead of two, 11-9, in tech falls. Brock Biddle of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and Cole Houser of Glenville State each have eight tech falls.

Johnson & Wales 174-pounder Michael Ross had a dominant start to the season and has already broken the Division III record since the implementation of the awards with 19 tech falls this season, one more than the 18 from Stephen Jarrell of Johnson & Wales in 2017.

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     
1King SandovalMaryland1331123:39
2Owen PentzNorth Dakota St.1971022:53
3Tanner CookSouth Dakota St.1651023:53
4Wyatt HendricksonAir Force2851024:24
5Anthony SobotkerBinghamton1331038:54
6Josh MasonBloomsburg141920:28
7Shane FinneyNavy174825:36
8Donnell WashingtonIndiana184817:09
9Michael O’MalleyDrexel174818:30
10Matt StencelCentral Mich.285821:01
Division II     
1Logan BaileyUIndy1491123:24
2Nicholas MasonTiffin1971131:32
3Augustus DaltonColorado Mesa165914:53
4Jacob RobbMercyhurst285923:25
5Evan CarriganNewberry125931:08
6Juan HolmesLimestone285815:30
7Joel LeiseGannon197819:52
8Logan BranhamBelmont Abbey197822:05
9Dalton AbneyCentral Okla.19779:43
10Jaden VerhagenMary125714:53
Division III     
1Michael GonyeaCastleton1331939:21
2Joe SalernoWash. & Lee1651836:36
3Evan FidelibusNew England Col.1491737:40
4Colin HonderdCornell College1841745:35
5Javen EstradaNorth Central (IL)1411523:51
6Bradan BirtMillikin1651525:21
7Mitchell ArchCWRU1491525:27
8Matt LackmanAlvernia1651532:20
9Cole ShaughnessyRoger Williams1841532:36
10Kaidon WintersRIT1571533:25


Division I     
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Sebastian RiveraRutgers1411167:16
2Michael McGeeArizona St.133625:32
3Braxton AmosWisconsin197627:55
4Austin DeSantoIowa133630:21
5Devin SchroderPurdue125631:14
6Derek SpannBuffalo133519:33
7Yianni DiakomihalisCornell149520:03
8Cody HowardVirginia Tech197522:07
9Logan MesserGeorge Mason174522:12
10Dakota GeerOklahoma St.184527:35
 Derek SpannBuffalo1414
Division II     
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Austin EldredgeNeb.-Kearney1741130:51
2Matt MalcomNeb.-Kearney165940:07
3Brock BiddlePitt.-Johnstown174832:57
4Cole HouserGlenville St.184836:02
5Nicholas DaggettUNC Pembroke125729:46
6Nick NovakSt. Cloud State149517:26
7Nick JamesNeb.-Kearney141519:48
8Darius ParkerLander197521:14
9Hunter ReedFindlay174414:11
10Jonathan AndreattaAdams St.133414:15
Division III     
RankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime
1Michael RossJWU (Providence)1741980:32
2Tyler ShilsonAugsburg1571355:52
3Nick RoggeAugsburg1841033:04
4Schuyler CaprellaOhio Northern1571035:16
5Fox MaxwellBridgewater St.1741039:10
6Bradan BirtMillikin165934:03
7Quinn TobinAlvernia141937:16
8Cooper PontelandolfoNYU165832:17
9Jacob DecaturBaldwin Wallace125847:47
10Gavin HollingsworthAlvernia174729:07