Mike Dessino, Jan Steven Ulinski, and Jordan Koranda are college wrestling’s leading pinners to date in the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Awards race, according to initial standings released by the NCAA Thursday.
The annual awards, first presented at the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships, honor athletes in each of three divisions – Division I, II and III -- who have accumulated the most falls and technical falls during the entire season. In addition, there is Most Dominant Wrestler Award for each division.
As of this week, Dessino, Ulinski and Koranda rank as the No. 1 fall guys within Division I, II and III, respectively.
Dessino, a 174-pounder for Bloomsburg, leads the Division I pin parade with 13 falls so far this season; 2011 NCAA 197-pound champ Dustin Kilgore of Kent State is currently in second place with ten pins. Ulinski, wrestling at 149 for University of Findlay, tops Div. II with seven pins… while Div. III heavyweight Jordan Koranda of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has 11 falls.
In terms of tech falls, Cornell University’s 125-pounder Nahshon Garrett is at the top of the Div. I standings with six. In Div. II, there’s a three-way tie, with Mercyhurst’s Dylan D’Urso (133), Lake Erie College’s Zev Green (174) and St. Cloud State’s Shamus O’Grady each having three tech falls this season. In Div. III, Kyle Kwiat, Ohio Northern 174-pounder, has ten tech falls.
The first-of-the-season standings for Most Dominant Wrestler will be released next Wednesday, Jan. 24.
2012 NCAA Wrestling Awards Winners:
- Division I: Penn State's David Taylor won NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler honors; Oregon State's Roger Pena took the Most Falls award... while Buffalo's Mark Lewandowski, and Edinboro's Chris Honeycutt both earned Most Tech Falls honors.
- Division II: Most Dominant honors went to Tad Merritt of St. Cloud State.
- Division III: Mike Denver of the College of New Jersey was named Most Dominant; UW-Plattville's T.J. Wunnicke earned the Most Falls award; Ohio Northern's Kyle Kwiat got the Most Tech Falls award.
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