2020 Wrestler of the Year

The 2020 d3wrestle.com Wrestler of the Year is Troy Stanich of Stevens Institute of Technology. The senior from Succasunna, New Jersey, finished the season with a 26-2 record and was the #1 seed at the canceled NCAA Championships at 141 lbs. This honor is one of many for Stanich this year as he was the MAC Wrestler of the Year, NCAA Most Dominant award winner with 5.35 team points per match, and became an NWCA Scholar All-American for the fourth time.

Stanich was undefeated against Division III competition, and only four of his matches against Division III lasted seven minutes. Overall, he amassed 14 falls, 5 tech falls, 3 major decisions, and 3 decisions. He won titles at Washington & Jefferson, York, the MAC Championships, and the Southeast Region, which earned him the top seed at the NCAA championships.

The Stevens wrestler finished 3rd in the 2017 and 2018 NCAA championships and was a four time NCAA qualifier in his career. He won four conference titles, three of which were in the Centennial Conference and the last in the MAC. He was a four time regional finalist and three time champion. His final career record is 150-7.

Past Wrestlers of the Year
2019 – Darden Schurg, Wabash
2018 – Jordan Newman, Whitewater
2017 – Riley Lefever, Wabash
2016 – Riley Lefever, Wabash
2015 – Mike Fuenffinger, Augsburg
2014 – Nazar Kulchytskyy, Oshkosh
2013 – Nazar Kulchytskyy, Oshkosh
2012 – Byron Tate, Wartburg
2011 – Minga Batsukh, St. John’s
2010 – Clayton Rush, Coe


  • Peter M Stanich says:

    My congratulations to my Grandson Troy Stanich and to all the “Past Wrestlers of the Year.” Thank you all for
    the effort that each of you put forth. Troy will always be a blessing to his friends and family. PS…Troy’s younger
    brother “Luke Stanich”, is following Troy’s winning tradition on the mat. We wish him well.
    Pete Stanich

  • Caleb Williams says:

    It’s a shame we couldn’t see if he finally finished his career on top after 4 perfect regular season.

  • Roger Power says:

    Congratulations Troy!!! an outstanding honor 2020 wrestler of the year – I know a little about the sacrifice, mindset, and daily pursuit of excellence you put forth throughout your life to accomplish this goal. Also, congratulations to your entire family, the team of supporters, coaches, and fellow wrestlers who helped you along the way.
    I was always impressed with the humility of your sellar success and gratitude for coaches and teammates after every victory.
    It is hopeful and wishful for me to say there’s still the Olympic dream and World Championships someday in the future for you.

  • Pat Reimers says:

    Congratulations Troy, these are well-earned achievements! Sometimes it was a little overwhelming for a grandma, but I loved every minute of your wrestling Years. I now look forward to following your career but I know wrestling will always be part of your life.

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