RIT's Kaidon Winters ranked eighth nationally in NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler Standings
February 08, 2019


ROCHESTER, NY – Sophomore Kaidon Winters (Athens, PA/Athens Area) of the No. 19 RIT wrestling team is ranked eighth in all of Division III, as the NCAA released its Most Dominant Wrestler standings for the first time in 2019 on Feb. 6.

The Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated by adding the total number of points awarded through match results and dividing that number by the total number of matches wrestled. Points per match are awarded as follows.
* Fall, forfeit, injury default or DQ = 6 points (-6 points for a loss)
* Tech falls = 5 points (-5 points for a loss)
* Major decision = 4 points (-4 points for a loss)
* Decision = 3 points (-3 points for a loss)

Winters, who is ranked third at 157 lbs. in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Rankings, is unbeaten in 2018-19 with a 25-0 mark, including seven victories by pin. Winters, who was named the Tony Wallace Award winner as Most Outstanding Wrestler of the 2018 RIT Invitational on Dec. 1, is scoring an average of 4.91 points per match (123 total points). He has 13 wins by pin, two forfeit victories, one by technical fall and one by major decision.

Winters is following up on a brilliant freshman season in which he broke three-time NCAA National Champion Matt Hamill's school record for pins in a season (22), tied the RIT single-season mark for wins (42) and advanced to the NCAA National Championship Tournament.

Earlier in the season, Winters won his weight class at the Ithaca Invitational. In addition, he was named Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 13. He 67-10 in two seasons, with 35 victories coming by pin.

RIT hosts the Tiger Duals on Sunday from Clark Gym. RIT, the No. 19 team in the NWCA National Dual rankings, hosts Alfred State at noon and Pennsylvania College of Technology at 1:30 p.m. The Tigers are 10-2 in dual matches on the season and can break a single-season program for wins in a season with two victories Sunday.