Several Western Pa. grads among NCAA wrestling leaders
The NCAA honors wrestlers in each Division (I, II and III) annually in three categories — for their dominance, most pins and technical falls — during the season at their championships in March.
Currently in Division I, three Penn State national champions lead as most dominant. Bo Nickal (197 pounds) leads the way with a 5.37 average, Jason Nolf (157) of Kittanning is second with a 5.15 average and Central Catholic grad Vincenzo Joseph (165) is third with a 4.94 average.
Nickal is third in most pins (13), Nolf is seventh (11) and Joseph is ninth (10). In most technical falls, Iowa sophomore Spencer Lee (125) of Franklin Regional is 10th with six in a total of 15 minutes, 43 seconds.
In Division II, Pitt-Johnstown’s Chris Eddins (149) of Greensburg Salem is third in technical falls with five in 28 minutes, 13 seconds, and is second to St. Cloud State’s Vincent Dietz as most dominant. Dietz’s average is 4.71 points and Eddins’ 4.5.
Pitt-Johnstown’s Joey Allesandro (141) from Hempfield, is ninth with a 3.76 average.
Waynesburg’s Jake Evans (285) from Elizabeth Forward is ranked fourth-most dominant in Division III and is No. 1 in pins with 20.
The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 championships.
Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at [email protected] or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.