Areyano among Division III’s most dominant wrestlers

By Joe Flaherty, Central Sports Information

PELLA—Notching 13 falls in his 23 victories helped Central College wrestling's Rob Areyano (sophomore, Selma, Calif.) secure a top-10 finish on the NCAA Division III Most Dominant Wrestler standings.

The Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated by dividing the total number of team points awarded through match results by the total number of matches wrestled. Wrestlers need a minimum of 17 matches to be ranked and must have qualified for and been eligible to compete in the national championships in their division.

Areyano (23-2) averaged 4.81 team points per match, the eighth-best among Division III Wrestlers. He was No. 2 in his weight class, finishing behind Brett Kaliner of Stevens Institute of Technology [N.J.] (5.09).

Areyano had 13 pins in addition to seven other bonus point victories. His only losses were decisions against an unattached Division I wrestler and the NCAA Division III Lower Midwest Regional champion.

"Rob has been unbelievably dominant and he's getting better every week," Van Kley said after the team's 36-14 win over Simpson College on February 13.

In conference dual matches, Areyano was 8-0 with five falls. All five of those falls happened in the first period. Statistically, he registered 39 takedowns and 16 four-point near falls.