INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were handed out Saturday evening in the final session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. Junior Mark Lewandowski joined Edinboro's Chris Honeycutt as the co-national leaders for technical falls during the 2011-12 season.
The three new awards introduced this season honor Division I's "Most Dominant Wrestler" (the average match points earned per match by a wrestler) as well as the student-athletes that won the most by fall and by tech fall. Lewandowski (165 lbs) and Honeycutt shared the award after winning 11 matches by tech fall this season.
The Depew, NY native rode the momentum of a solid sophomore season and set career highs in every major statistical category, putting his name on multiple program record lists as well. He led the team with 33 overall wins and tied for the team lead with 16 dual wins, the seventh most in a single season in program history. He also led the team in takedowns (35) and three-point near falls (12), as well as 21 two-point near falls, which is good for the most for a single season in program history.
The Most Dominant Award was Penn State's David Taylor (165 lbs), who won by fall in every match in the recent national tournament before securing a national championship with a technical fall. Roger Pena of Oregon State was the national leader with 20 pins this season.
Penn State won the team championship for the second straight year, scoring 143 points. Minnesota (117.5) and Iowa (107.5) rounded out the top three in team scoring.