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NCAA Releases Updated Award Standings

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INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has released the updated standings for the 2017 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 they must come against opponents in the same division. Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time.

In Division I, Penn State 149-pounder Zain Retherford raised his top average to 5.61 team points per match in the race for the Most Dominant Wrestler. Three other wrestlers are also averaging over 5.25 team points per match with Nittany Lions’ Jason Nolf (5.44) and Bo Nickal (5.29), along with the national leader in falls, Gabe Dean, of Cornell (5.43).

Francis Mizia, of Mercyhurst, the 2015 champion for most technical falls, leads the Division II Most Dominant Wrestler standings with an average of 4.89 points at 165 pounds for a sliver of a lead of .01 over Wisconsin-Parkside 184-pounder Montrail Johnson.

Three-time national champion and the 2016 Division III Most Dominant Wrestler Riley Lefever, of Wabash, is in position to win the award again with an average of 5.81 points. Wartburg heavyweight Lance Evans is second with an average of 5.28.

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)

This week’s Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated with a 16-match minimum against wrestlers from the same division.

Dean has 15 falls this season to lead Division I, while Retherford and Rider 165-pounder Chad Walsh have each tallied 13 falls.

Western State 125-pounder Ronald Wardleigh has taken the lead in Division II with 13 falls to lead Tiffin heavyweight Garrett Gray with 12.

Hunter Harris, of Messiah, has pulled ahead in Division III with 26 falls this season at 141 pounds, four more than his nearest competitor.

True freshman Jack Mueller, of Virginia, leads Division I in tech falls with 10 this season at 125 pounds, but is only holding off two-time national champion Isaiah Martinez, of Illinois, by aggregate time. Mueller’s 10 tech falls have come in 38:47, while Martinez has 10 in 53:24.

Nic Goebel, of Findlay, has surged to the lead in Division II tech falls with 10 at 157 pounds, three ahead of Martin Ramirez, of Adams State, and Nicholas Fiegener, of California Baptist.

Stephen Jarrell, of Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island), has 17 tech falls at 174 pounds to hold a lead of five over three wrestlers with 12.

NCAA STAT LEADERS – MOST DOMINANT
Division I
Rank Name School Weight Avg. Team Points
1 Zain Retherford Penn St. 149 5.61
2 Jason Nolf Penn St. 157 5.44
3 Gabriel Dean Cornell 184 5.43
4 Bo Nickal Penn St. 184 5.29
5 Thomas Gilman Iowa 125 4.72
6 Isaiah Martinez Illinois 165 4.64
7 Seth Gross South Dakota St. 133 4.63
8 Zahid Valencia Arizona St. 174 4.59
9 Mark Hall Penn St. 174 4.44
10 Chad Walsh Rider 165 4.31
Division II
Rank Name School Weight Avg. Team Points
1 Francis Mizia Mercyhurst 165 4.89
2 Montrail Johnson Wis.-Parkside 184 4.88
3 Carmine Ciotti Gannon 133 4.56
4 Garrett Gray Tiffin 285 4.48
5 Nick Becker Wis.-Parkside 174 4.44
5 Nic Goebel Findlay 149 4.44
7 Ronald Wardleigh Western St. 125 4.41
8 Payton Tawater Colorado Mesa 157 4.26
9 James Lehman Wis.-Parkside 197 4.18
9 Chance Helmick Chadron St. 174 4.18
Division III
Rank Name School Weight Avg. Team Points
1 Riley Lefever Wabash 197 5.81
2 Lance Evans Wartburg 285 5.28
3 Troy Stanich Stevens 133 4.94
3 Lucas Malmberg Messiah 125 4.94
5 Devon Carrillo Wesleyan (CT) 197 4.83
6 Alec Donovan Centenary (NJ) 157 4.78
7 Jake Evans Waynesburg 285 4.77
8 Dan Del Gallo Southern Me. 149 4.72
9 Christoper Chorzepa Williams 184 4.64
10 James Bethel SUNY Oneonta 285 4.59
Most dominant rankings are based off of a minimum of 16 matches
NCAA STAT LEADERS – FALLS
Division I
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Gabe Dean Cornell 184 15 35:20
2 Zain Retherford Penn St. 149 13 42:30
3 Chad Walsh Rider 165 13 59:15
4 Adam Mackie Lock Haven 174 12 25:52
5 Ross Larson Oklahoma 285 12 26:29
6 Bo Nickal Penn St. 184 12 39:16
7 Jason Nolf Penn St. 157 11 32:33
8 Mark Hall Penn St. 174 11 36:00
9 Zahid Valencia Arizona St. 174 10 28:33
10 Evan Fidelibus Rider 141 9 25:00
Division II
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Ronald Wardleigh Western St. 125 13 38:03
2 Garrett Gray Tiffin 285 12 25:43
3 James Lehman Wis.-Parkside 197 11 23:52
4 Kevin Barrett Neb.-Kearney 285 11 32:52
5 Payton Tawater Colorado Mesa 157 10 17:51
6 Luke Fleming Findlay 285 9 15:29
7 Austin Goergen St. Cloud St. 285 9 17:17
8 Bruno Nicoletti Colorado Mesa 174 9 20:28
9 Andy Welton Mercyhurst 285 9 22:15
10 Francis Mizia Mercyhurst 165 9 26:13
Division III
Rank Name School Weight Falls Time
1 Hunter Harris Messiah 141 26 80:40
2 Jake Evans Waynesburg 285 22 60:20
3 Troy Stanich Stevens 133 18 59:40
4 AJ Kowal Stevens 197 17 41:54
5 James Bethel SUNY Oneonta 285 15 33:29
6 Corbin Bunsold Otterbein 184 15 40:08
7 Jamiel Stapelton Johnson & Wales (RI) 149 15 47:30
8 Guy Patron Loras 197 14 29:03
9 Keajion Jennings Millikin 184 14 35:52
10 Tom Lynd Lycoming 285 14 36:42
NCAA STAT LEADERS – TECH FALLS
Division I
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Jack Mueller Virginia 125 10 38:47
2 Isaiah Martinez Illinois 165 10 53:24
3 Connor Medbery Wisconsin 285 9 43:51
4 Kyle Shoop Lock Haven 149 9 47:43
5 Thomas Haines Lock Haven 285 9 54:23
6 Te`Shan Campbell Pittsburgh 165 8 34:01
7 TJ Dudley Nebraska 184 8 37:39
8 Logan Massa Michigan 165 8 45:46
9 Nolan Boyd Oklahoma St. 184 7 38:41
10 Kevin Jack North Carolina St. 141 7 38:54
Division II
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Nic Goebel Findlay 157 10 63:11
2 Martin Ramirez Adams St. 133 7 25:42
3 Nicholas Fiegener California Baptist 184 7 26:38
4 Francis Mizia Mercyhurst 165 6 22:39
5 Jason Buhr Colorado Mesa 165 6 28:29
6 Jacob Waste California Baptist 197 6 32:25
7 Cody Law Pitt.-Johnstown 157 6 33:57
8 Tyler Mies Newman 149 6 35:21
9 Darren Wynn McKendree 149 6 39:20
10 Austin Petril Kutztown 125 5 19:33
Division III
Rank Name School Weight Tech Falls Time
1 Stephen Jarrell Johnson & Wales (RI) 174 17 98:11
2 Alex Kramer Ursinus 149 12 43:15
3 Lucas Malmberg Messiah 125 12 66:47
4 Jason Lynch Chicago 197 12 66:57
5 Seth Lansberry Lycoming 149 10 43:53
6 Connor Brummett Wabash 165 10 62:55
7 Ben Swarr Messiah 174 10 67:47
8 Zach Wilhelm Stevens 149 9 52:31
9 Carlos Fuentez Wheaton (IL) 125 9 56:02
10 Mason Geary Wis.-La Crosse 149 8 32:12
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