INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2018 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.
Penn State 157-pounder Jason Nolf holds a lead in aggregate time to break a tie with 149-pound teammate Zain Retherford for the lead in Division I falls with 15 each. Hofstra heavyweight Mike Hughes is third with 13, while Penn State 184-pounder Bo Nickal and Cornell 197-pounder Ben Darmstadt have 12.
In Division II, Central Oklahoma 165-pounder Mason Thompson has 12 falls, which is one more than Tiffin 184-pounder Hayden Bronne.
Wesleyan (Connecticut) heavyweight Isaiah Bellamy has expanded sole possession of the lead in Division III with 17 falls, while Michael DiNardo of Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) and Isaac Odell of Wheaton (Illinois) have 15.
Jamel Morris of NC State is the first Division I wrestler to reach double digits in tech falls with 10 this season in 38:07 to hold the national lead over three wrestlers with nine.
Five wrestlers in Division II have accumulated six tech falls, but it is Sebastian Vidika of Ashland who holds the tiebreaker with an aggregate time of 19:35, which is more than eight minutes faster than the next best mark set by Nick Vandermeer of Lake Erie.
Messiah 197-pounder Kyle Koser leads all divisions with 14 tech falls this season, while three wrestlers are jockeying for position behind him with 12.
The initial Most Dominant Wrestler standings will be released later this season to allow wrestlers to achieve the minimum amount of matches that is required to be eligible for the standings.
Division IRankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime1Jamel MorrisNC State1331038:072Cam SykoraNorth Dakota St.133935:503Kyle ShoopLock Haven141940:544Myles MartinOhio St.184946:155Ke-Shawn HayesOhio St.149830:416Chance MarstellerLock Haven165839:417Austin DeSantoDrexel133725:478Nick LeePenn St.141735:069Branson AshworthWyoming165739:1510Zahid ValenciaArizona St.174740:08Division IIRankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime1Sebastian VidikaAshland125619:352Nick VandermeerLake Erie165628:073Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown157633:164George McGuireGannon157635:105Connor CraigWheeling Jesuit157638:066Nate VandermeerFindlay174521:087Nate TrepanierLindenwood (MO)157525:198Ryan ApplebyKutztown285527:249Donald NegusColorado Mesa174415:1410Nick BeckerWis.-Parkside174419:07Division IIIRankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime1Kyle KoserMessiah1971456:562Jimmy DavisLoras1491249:063Cross CannoneWartburg1491249:264Jay AlbisJohnson & Wales (RI)1331256:355Kyle FankWartburg1971143:176Bradan BirtMillikin1491147:417Stephen MaloneyMessiah1491039:528Ben SwarrMessiah1741040:519Adrian GonzalezJohnson & Wales (RI)165834:3010Nick ManciniMount Union125835:45
Division IRankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime1Jason NolfPenn St.1571541:532Zain RetherfordPenn St.1491546:263Mike HughesHofstra2851324:224Bo NickalPenn St.1841219:575Ben DarmstadtCornell1971221:226Shakur RasheedPenn St.1971011:367Matt StencelCentral Mich.2851013:468Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.133921:219Bryce MeredithWyoming141813:4410Chandler RogersOklahoma St.165814:15Division IIRankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime1Mason ThompsonCentral Okla.1651230:402Hayden BronneTiffin1841117:123Lawrence PhillipsSt. Cloud St.285916:474Jarrod HinrichsNeb.-Kearney285937:465Trenton PiattWestern St.125939:156Phillip SpringsteenMary165823:557Nicholas MasonTiffin197827:158Colton LooperCentral Okla.197715:349Jacob RobbMercyhurst285718:1310Justin HanekeSouthwest Minnesota St.157718:39Division IIIRankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime1Isaiah BellamyWesleyan (CT)2851737:052Michael DiNardoJohnson & Wales (RI)1971535:353Isaac OdellWheaton (IL)1841546:564Devon CarrilloWesleyan (CT)1971422:085DC ScottSimpson1971457:486Dante GinnettiBaldwin Wallace1331465:417Cameron AltobelliJohnson & Wales (RI)1651335:598Joe FuscoSpringfield2851345:299Justin CochranRoger Williams1491219:0210Gennaro CerminaraMuhlenberg1971220:21
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