A pair of northern Ohio wrestling talents lead the way in the NCAA’s standings for the 2013 NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler Award and most falls and tech falls in Divisions I..
In the Most Dominant Wrestler category, Ohio State’s Logan Stieber (Monroeville High) leads the standings for the second consecutive week in Division I with an average of 5.5714 points. The 133-pounder’s tally remains the highest mark across all divisions. Behind Stieber in Division I is Kent State’s Dustin Kilgore (Berea High) who rose from third to second in the standings with an average 5.069 clip.
At 197 pounds, Kilgore leads all divisions in pins with 15 and holds a three-pin lead in Division I over Edinboro’s A.J. Schopp. On the heels of Schopp is 165-pounder Kyle Dake (Cornell), whose dad, Doug Dake, was a state champ at Westlake High in 1980, with 11 pins.
In the tech fall standings, another Ohio product, Penn State’s David Taylor (165 pounds/St. Paris Graham High) and Cornell’s Nahshon Garrett (125 pounds) each own seven, but Taylor holds the advantage in the standings, achieving those wins in 43:08 compared to Garrett’s cumulative time of 45:43. Eight other wrestlers follow Taylor and Garrett with five tech falls a piece.
A minimum of 14 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. Athletes redshirting the 2013 season are not eligible for any of the award standings.
Kilgore Breaks Pin Mark
Kent State senior Dustin Kilgore broke a Kent State record with his 47th career pin in the Golden Flashes’ 27-8 loss to Central Michigan Sunday, Jan. 27 at McGuirk Arena.
Kilgore improved to 30-0 on the year with his Division I leading 15th pin of the year just 1:43 into the first period. Each of his last eight opponents in dual meets have not made it past the second period. Kilgore ran his winning streak to 49 matches and his dual meet winning streak to 59.