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Taylor, Johns, Lovejoy, Tuttle lead latest NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler standings

NCAA releases its first Most Dominant Wrestler standings for the season
NCAA releases its first Most Dominant Wrestler standings for the season

David Taylor, Alex Johns, Cody Lovejoy and Matthew Tuttle are now in the lead for college wrestling’s Most Dominant Award, according to initial standings released by the NCAA Wednesday.

This annual award, now in its third season, is presented to the most dominant wrestler in each of the three NCAA divisions: Division I, II, and III. It’s calculated by adding the total number of points from match results, then dividing that number by the total number of matches. For example, a wrestler earns six points if wins by a fall… five points for a technical fall victory… four points for a major decision… and three points for a decision. (Conversely, a wrestler loses a like number of points for each type of loss; for instance, if he’s pinned, he loses six points.)

David Taylor leads the Most Dominant Wrestler race in Division I, with an average of 5.2632 points. Its familiar territory for the Penn State 165-pounder, as he won the first-ever award in 2012.

In Division II, Alex Johns is currently the Most Dominant; the University of Indianapolis 125-pound starter has a 4.5714 average.

There’s a tie in the initial standings for Most Dominant Wrestler in Division III, with Cody Lovejoy, heavyweight at Ohio Northern University, and Alma College’s 165-pounder Matthew Tuttle battling for top honors, with an average of 5.0588 points.

Latest standings for falls, tech falls

Last week, the NCAA released initial standings for wrestlers vying for other NCAA awards for most falls and technical falls for all three divisions. On Wednesday, the NCAA updated the awards battle by releasing the latest rankings for these honors.

Two wrestlers who were the top fall guys last week remain on top this week: Indiana University’s 157-pound Taylor Walsh, now with 19 pins in Division I, and, in Division III, 184-pound Colin Lenhardt of Johnson & Wales has 16 falls. In Division II, four wrestlers have eight pins apiece… but Upper Iowa’s Edwin Cooper at 149 leads the race by scoring his falls in the least amount of time (13 minutes, 32 seconds).

In terms of tech falls, Oklahoma’s Cody Brewer (149) is the leader in Division I with seven… Austin Gillihan of Lake Erie (133) is on top of Division II with six… and, in Division III, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (197) has eight.

Final awards in all three categories will be presented at each divisions’ NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Want to know more? To see the top ten rankings in each division in each award category – falls, tech falls, and Most Dominant – click here to see an updated chart.

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