Lock Haven’s Kyle Shoop climbs in latest updated NCAA wrestling award standings

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.

This week’s Most Dominant Wrestler award standings requires a 17-match minimum in the division to qualify.

Last year’s winner, Zain Retherford of Penn State, has put himself in a strong position to repeat by increasing his average to 5.57 team points per match, which leads all divisions. Penn State is in good position to bring home the trophy, regardless, as Retherford leads four Nittany Lions in the top five.

Pittsburgh-Johnstown 157-pounder Cody Law leads Division II with 4.65 team points per match, while his 141-pound teammate Chris Eddins is third (4.22), bracketing Nebraska-Kearney heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs with 4.43 points.

Ithaca 184-pounder Jake Ashcraft has moved into the lead in Division III with 5.24 points, ahead of Isaiah Bellamy of Wesleyan (Connecticut) and Michael DiNardo from Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island).

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)

Hofstra heavyweight Mike Hughes maintain his hold on the Division I lead with 17 falls, which is one more than Retherford and two more than Penn State’s Jason Nolf.

In Division II, Central Oklahoma 165-pounder Mason Thompson enters regional competition with his 14 falls, which is three more than Tiffin 184-pounder Hayden Bronne, St. Cloud State heavyweight Lawrence Phillips and Hinrichs.

Wesleyan (Connecticut) teammates Devon Carrillo and Isaiah Bellamy are tied with 19 falls in Division III. Carrillo, at 197 pounds, holds the aggregate time tiebreaker by more than eight minutes over his heavyweight teammate.

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Kyle Shoop has staked his claim to the award for technical falls in Division I with 12 at 141 pounds for Lock Haven, two more than North Dakota State’s Cam Sykora. Four more wrestlers are hanging around in third with nine tech falls.

Nick Vandermeer of Lake Erie and Connor Craig of Wheeling Jesuit each have eight tech falls in Division II. Vandermeer has a significant lead of more than 14 minutes in the aggregate time tiebreaker.

Messiah 197-pounder Kyle Koser has 15 tech falls in 62:21 to lead Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) 133-pounder Jay Albis with 15 tech falls in 68:35. No other wrestler in Division III has more than 12 tech falls.


Division IRankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime1Mike HughesHofstra2851732:112Zain RetherfordPenn St.1491650:363Jason NolfPenn St.1571541:534Bo NickalPenn St.1841420:585Ben DarmstadtCornell1971427:236Shakur RasheedPenn St.1971113:337Matt StencelCentral Mich.2851115:228Mark HallPenn St.1741019:269Bryce MeredithWyoming1411019:4710Chad WalshRider1651043:53Division IIRankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime1Mason ThompsonCentral Okla.1651443:412Hayden BronneTiffin1841117:123Lawrence PhillipsSt. Cloud St.2851119:374Jarrod HinrichsNeb.-Kearney2851148:575Trenton PiattWestern St.1251042:446Justin HanekeSouthwest Minn. St.157922:207Nicholas MasonTiffin197929:088Jarred OftedahlSt. Cloud St.141817:339Colton LooperCentral Okla.197821:2710Phillip SpringsteenMary165823:55Division IIIRankNameSchoolWeightFallsTime1Devon CarrilloWesleyan (CT)1971932:152Isaiah BellamyWesleyan (CT)2851941:053Jake EvansWaynesburg2851839:354Michael DiNardoJohnson & Wales (RI)1971738:135Jake AshcraftIthaca1841639:456Isaac OdellWheaton (IL)1841648:017Triston EngleBrockport1971531:078Zachary RiegerAdrian2851535:429Kaidon WintersRIT1571548:2610Joe FuscoSpringfield2851553:52


Division IRankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime1Kyle ShoopLock Haven1411253:532Cam SykoraNorth Dakota St.1331042:193Austin DeSantoDrexel133928:564Jamel MorrisNC State133932:535Ethan LizakMinnesota125942:276Myles MartinOhio St.184946:157Ke-Shawn HayesOhio St.149830:418Isaiah MartinezIllinois165836:449Chance MarstellerLock Haven165837:1710Jacob KasperDuke285846:23Division IIRankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime1Nick VandermeerLake Erie165834:392Connor CraigWheeling Jesuit157849:353George McGuireGannon157737:434Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown157738:465Ryan ApplebyKutztown285741:246Sebastian VidikaAshland125619:357Natean VandermeerFindlay174625:238Nolan KistlerCalifornia Baptist174629:269Nate TrepanierLindenwood (MO)149525:1910Nick BeckerWis.-Parkside174526:07Division IIIRankNameSchoolWeightTech FallsTime1Kyle KoserMessiah1971562:212Jay AlbisJohnson & Wales (RI)1331568:353Jimmy DavisLoras1491249:064Bradan BirtMillikin1491249:225Cross CannoneWartburg1491249:266Kyle FankWartburg1971143:177Stephen MaloneyMessiah1491146:528Ben SwarrMessiah1741147:519Adrian GonzalezJohnson & Wales (RI)165939:5710Sunny NierWabash125820:09


Division IRankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points1Zain RetherfordPenn St.1495.572Bo NickalPenn St.1845.133Jason NolfPenn St.1575.104Daniel LewisMissouri1744.845Mark HallPenn St.1744.836Seth GrossSouth Dakota St.1334.767Ben DarmstadtCornell1974.698Zahid ValenciaArizona St.1744.679Mike HughesHofstra2854.6410Michael KemererIowa1574.63Division IIRankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points1Cody LawPitt.-Johnstown1574.652Jarrod HinrichsNeb.-Kearney2854.433Chris EddinsPitt.-Johnstown1414.224Vince DietzSt. Cloud St.1973.965Darren WynnMcKendree1413.826Jarred OftedahlSt. Cloud St.1413.687Ivan McClayNotre Dame (OH)1253.658Kolton EischensSt. Cloud St.1743.639Brandon SupernawWestern St.1743.6210Bradley MetzFindlay1843.60Division IIIRankNameSchoolWeightAvg. Team Points1Jake AshcraftIthaca1845.242Isaiah BellamyWesleyan (CT)2854.803Michael DiNardoJohnson & Wales (RI)1974.744Troy StanichStevens1334.745Guy PatronLoras1974.746Darden SchurgWabash1744.747Kyle HatchWabash1574.678Peter Del GalloSouthern Me.1254.649Jake EvansWaynesburg2854.6210Devon CarrilloWesleyan (CT)1974.6110Maxwell NautaCentenary (NJ)1414.61

17-match minimum in division required to be ranked.