NCAA Wrestling Awards Standings Update

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2024 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 for the awards, 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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Weekly Big Ten Honors go to McKee

MINNEAPOLIS — After his pin Friday night helped propel Minnesota to a 28-12 dual win over Wisconsin, sixth-year senior Patrick McKee has been named the co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, it was announced Wednesday.

Ranked 11th at the time of the dual but now up to No. 5, McKee squared off with long-time rival and third-ranked Eric Barnett to start the night. It was the 10th all-time meeting between the two, and while McKee entered with a 5-4 edge in the series, Barnett had won three of the four regular-season meetings. Barnett had a 3-1 lead after the first period, but McKee shot in late in the second period, got the takedown, and secured the pin at the 4:47 mark, sending Maturi Pavilion into a frenzy.

In addition to it being the fourth career pin for McKee against Barnett, it was also his team-best fifth pin of the season and the 26th of McKee’s career, tying Ryan Lewis for 19th in program history.

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Steffen ranked third, Mustangs and Dykes fall out of NWCA Rankings

MANHEIM, Pa. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team has fallen out of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II Poll released on Monday. SMSU is currently receiving votes.

Caden Steffen leads the Mustangs, ranking third at 197, trailing only Central Oklahoma’s Dalton Abney, who is a two-time national champion at 197, and Derek Blubaugh (Indianapolis), who has placed second at 197 each of the last two years. Steffen has earned victories over St. Cloud State’s No. 4 Dominic Murphy (Dec 4-2), Augustana’s No. 6 Max Ramberg (Dec 9-6), UMary’s No. 7 Matt Kaylor (SV 4-1) Nebraska-Kearney’s No. 10 Jackson Kinsella (SV 4-1) and Fort Hays State’s No. 11 Tereus Henry (Dec 10-4).

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Sloan repeats as Big 12 Wrestler of the Week

IRVING, Texas — For the second week in a row, South Dakota State 197-pounder Tanner Sloan has been selected as the Big 12 Conference Wrestler of the Week.

A senior from Alburnett, Iowa, Sloan earned his most recent award Tuesday after winning by fall over eighth-ranked Rocky Elam of Missouri in Feb. 18 dual action at Frost Arena. With the victory, Sloan improved to 18-1 overall and stayed unbeaten in duals this season at 13-0. He extended his overall dual winning streak to 38 matches, dating back to early in the 2021-22 season, and upped his career record to 104-21 (62-4 in duals).

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Penn State, Oklahoma State storm into final week of dual season unbeaten

Manheim, Pennsylvania – In picking up their 54th straight dual meet victory, top-ranked Penn State won the Big Ten regular season title over the weekend and remained No. 1 in the most recent NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions (11-0) rallied past No. 3 Nebraska 22-13 to finish 8-0 in the Big Ten and lock up the school’s fourth straight regular season title and 10th in the last 13 seasons.

With one dual left on the schedule – Edinboro this coming Sunday – the Nittany Lions currently hold the fifth-longest dual meet win streak in major college wrestling history and 13th longest across all divisions. Despite the loss, Nebraska (11-2) remained third this week.

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