NEW LONDON, Conn. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released its Top 30 Division III All-Academic teams and the top 189 All-Academic individuals and five Coast Guard wrestlers as well as the entire team were honored.
Senior Chris Sullivan, junior Christian Gosch, Nick Jabs and Nick Remke and freshman Jonathan Wagner were all named to the All-Academic team. Coast Guard was one of nine different teams to have five wrestlers represented.
The entire team was also honored as the Bears had the 28th best GPA of all Division III teams with a 3.385 team GPA last year.
Nominees must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the previous full academic year. Transfers and freshmen are eligible if they've been in residence at their current institution beginning in the fall of 2016. On the competition side, wrestlers much be a national qualifier in 2016-17 and have a minimum win percentage of at least .500.
Additionally, wrestlers can also be considered if they placed in the top six at their respective regional tournament, a win percentage of .500 or better and competed in half of the institution's scheduled competition in NCAA championship events. A wrestler can also be considered if they have a win percentage of .670 or better and competed in half of the institution's scheduled NCAA events.
"This just continues to show the importance of how athletes in Division III balance their athletic careers and their educational opportunities," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "Division III is the largest in number of teams at the NCAA level and we know these athletes are competing without athletic scholarships and their experiences on the mat and in the classroom exemplify what it means to compete in Division III and in the sport of wrestling."
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