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Univ. of Mary sits atop NWCA Division II All-Academic Team; St. Cloud State and Upper Iowa place four wrestlers on All-Academic 1st Team

Tammy Tedesco

5/10/2012 1:33:01 PM

The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced its annual Division II All-Academic Teams and the NWCA Individual All-Academic wrestling team for the 2011-12 wrestling season.

The Division II All-Academic Wrestling Team consists of 166 student-athletes from 40 colleges and universities.  Thirty-seven members were named to the first team, 45 members to the second team, and 82 were named as honorable mention.

Out of these 166 student-athletes, 15 All-Americans were named to the All-Academic Team, including two national champions – Luke McPeek of Adams State College and Matt Meuleners of Northern State University.

St. Cloud State University and Upper Iowa placed four members on the first team, while Augustana College and the University of Nebraska at Kearney each placed three members on the first team.

Four student-athletes were named to the team for the fourth time: Luke Rynish from the University of Wisconsin Parkside, Jacob Horn from St. Cloud State University, Ethan Harris from the University of Indianapolis, and Jordan White from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

In order for a student-athlete to be nominated for the Division II All-Academic Team, they need to have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.  They must also be in at least their second full year at his school, be a varsity member on the team or a key reserve, demonstrate a degree of skill and have a minimum of two letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.

“The NWCA takes pride in honoring these student-athletes each year for their accomplishments both on and off the mat. Each one of these 166 young men earning this honor have worked diligently  to accomplish their goals as collegiate athletes,” said Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director. “The NWCA Board of Directors and staff is honored to recognize these young men for the academic accomplishments and we wish them the best of luck in their futures.”

The NWCA All-Academic Wrestling Team is lead by The University of Mary, which recorded the highest team grade point average (GPA) in the 19th Annual Division II All-Academic Wrestling Team selection and has won the Academic National Championship.  This is the first time that the school has achieved this honor.  

Ten of the top twenty academic teams came from the North Region, four came from the East Region, four came from the West and two came from the Midwest Regions.

The Team GPA is calculated by averaging the cumulative grade point averages of ten wrestlers from each team of which eight of those wrestlers must have competed in their team's NCAA II National Qualifying Tournament.

For the full list of teams and individuals please see attached document.

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Univ. of Mary sits atop NWCA Division II All-Academic Team; St. Cloud State and Upper Iowa place four wrestlers on All-Academic 1st Team

by Tammy Tedesco | May 10, 2012
The Division II All-Academic Wrestling Team consists of 166 student-athletes from 40 colleges and universities. Thirty-seven members were named to the first team, 45 members to the second team, and 82 were named as honorable mention.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced its annual Division II All-Academic Teams and the NWCA Individual All-Academic wrestling team for the 2011-12 wrestling season.

The Division II All-Academic Wrestling Team consists of 166 student-athletes from 40 colleges and universities.  Thirty-seven members were named to the first team, 45 members to the second team, and 82 were named as honorable mention.

Out of these 166 student-athletes, 15 All-Americans were named to the All-Academic Team, including two national champions – Luke McPeek of Adams State College and Matt Meuleners of Northern State University.

St. Cloud State University and Upper Iowa placed four members on the first team, while Augustana College and the University of Nebraska at Kearney each placed three members on the first team.

Four student-athletes were named to the team for the fourth time: Luke Rynish from the University of Wisconsin Parkside, Jacob Horn from St. Cloud State University, Ethan Harris from the University of Indianapolis, and Jordan White from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

In order for a student-athlete to be nominated for the Division II All-Academic Team, they need to have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.  They must also be in at least their second full year at his school, be a varsity member on the team or a key reserve, demonstrate a degree of skill and have a minimum of two letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.

“The NWCA takes pride in honoring these student-athletes each year for their accomplishments both on and off the mat. Each one of these 166 young men earning this honor have worked diligently  to accomplish their goals as collegiate athletes,” said Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director. “The NWCA Board of Directors and staff is honored to recognize these young men for the academic accomplishments and we wish them the best of luck in their futures.”

The NWCA All-Academic Wrestling Team is lead by The University of Mary, which recorded the highest team grade point average (GPA) in the 19th Annual Division II All-Academic Wrestling Team selection and has won the Academic National Championship.  This is the first time that the school has achieved this honor.  

Ten of the top twenty academic teams came from the North Region, four came from the East Region, four came from the West and two came from the Midwest Regions.

The Team GPA is calculated by averaging the cumulative grade point averages of ten wrestlers from each team of which eight of those wrestlers must have competed in their team's NCAA II National Qualifying Tournament.

For the full list of teams and individuals please see attached document.

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