February 15, 2013

Kulchytskyy Sits Atop NCAA Wrestling Rankings

UW-Oshkosh's Nazar Kulchytskyy (Jr. • Sosnivka, Ukraine) continues to lead the competition for the 2013 NCAA Division III Most Dominant Wrestler Award. The latest rankings are through meets held Feb. 14.

A minimum of 16 matches are required to be eligible for the Most Dominant Wrestler standings this week. That required match total will increase by one per week until 18 matches is reached. For match results to be counted towards any of the award standings, they must come against opponents within the same division.

Kulchytskyy maintained his lead in Division III for the second straight week. The 167-pounder owns a 5.4 points average, a sizable advantage over UW-Stevens Point's Jordan Koranda, who's in second with a 4.77 average.

Ohio State University's Logan Stieber (133 pounds) continues to lead all divisions in the Most Dominant Wrestler standings, averaging 5.59 points. In Division I, he is trailed by Kent State University's (Ohio) 197-pounder Dustin Kilgore, who owns a 5.12 average.

In Division II, St. Cloud State University's (Minn.) Shamus O'Grady (174 pounds) jumped over the previous leader, Carl Broghammer of Upper Iowa University, to capture the top spot in the standings this week with a 4.64 points average. University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown's (Pa.) Travis McKillop improved one spot to No. 2 in the standings (4.55), while Broghammer slipped to third (4.53).

Four athletes, across multiple divisions, have racked up an impressive 16 falls this season. In Division I, Kilgore tops the standings with 16 falls in 38:27.

Division III has three wrestlers with 16 pins, including Kulchytskyy, Koranda and Ohio Northern University's Cody Lovejoy. Kulchytskyy owns the No. 1 spot, taking just 31:12 to finish off his opponents. Lovejoy and Koranda follow in second and third, respectively, with accumulated times of 35:13 and 43:22.

The Division II standings are again led by Jeffery Vesta of Newberry College (S.C.). The 125-pounder added two pins to his total from a week ago, bringing his to a divisional-best 11.

A complete listing of this week's NCAA Wrestling Awards standings can be found here.