Top Moments from 2017-18: Wrestling

L to R: Jonathan Wagner, Nick Remke, Head Coach Kevin Bratland, Assistant Coach TJ Hepburn, AJ Aeberli and Owen McClave
L to R: Jonathan Wagner, Nick Remke, Head Coach Kevin Bratland, Assistant Coach TJ Hepburn, AJ Aeberli and Owen McClave

During the summer months, we took a look back at some of the outstanding accomplishments and special moments from the 2017-18 athletic seasons and revisited those events that each of our 25 teams celebrated this year.

We hope you enjoyed looking back at the great accomplishments by our cadet-athletes and teams. Today we close our summer feature with wrestling.

BEARS SEND RECORD FOUR TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS; TWO EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Junior Nick Remke (165) placed fifth while sophomore Owen McClave (133) finished seventh to earn All-America honors for the first time at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.

The Bears finished in the top 25 as a team at the National Championship and saw four athletes qualify for the championship (McClave, Remke, sophomore AJ Aeberli and freshman Jonathan Wagner). McClave and Remke are the program's first All-Americans since Nate Giorgio in 2015.

Senior Chris Sullivan (157) took fourth place at the Northeast Regional and earned All-Region honors for the second year in a row as the Bears placed seventh. Sullivan graduated with 101 victories, becoming the first wrestler since Nate Giorgio in 2015 to win 100 matches in his career.

BEARS COLLECT NUMEROUS POSTSEASON HONORS
Five Coast Guard wrestlers earned postseason honors from the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) while 11 were named to the NEWA's All-Academic team.

Junior All-American Nick Remke, who placed fifth at 165 pounds at the NCAA Division III Championship, was named a first team selection. He was 33-13 this season with eight pins.

Sophomore All-American Owen McClave (133) and classmate AJ Aeberli (174) were named second team selections. McClave placed seventh at the NCAA Championships and had a record of 29-8 with six pins on the season while Aeberli, the Northeast Regional runner-up and NCAA qualifier finished with a record of 30-10 with four pins.

Senior Chris Sullivan (157) and freshman Jonathan Wagner (197) were honorable mention selections by the NEWA. Sullivan placed fourth at the Northeast Regional was 23-11 this season with seven pins while Wagner, who placed third at the regional and was an NCAA qualifier, was 18-9 overall with three pins and 8-3 at 197 pounds this season.

Wagner and Matt McGowan (141), who was 18-7 with four pins, were both named to the All-Rookie team.

The Bears also placed 11 cadet-athletes on the NEWA All-Academic team. Freshman JD FitzPatrick (141), freshman Patrick Moynihan (149), Sullivan (157), sophomore Mason Pagan (157), junior Christian Gosch(157), Remke (165), junior Nick Jabs (165), sophomore Jeremy Berson (184), Wagner (197), sophomore George McBurney (197) and sophomore Patrick Irwin (Hwt.) all earned a spot on the All-Academic team.

To earn a spot on the All-Academic team, a wrestler must be a major contributor to the team and have over a 3.2 GPA.

YET MORE ACADEMIC HONORS FOR THE BEARS
Coast Guard had five individuals named to the The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III All-Academic team while the entire team was also recognized.

Senior Chris Sullivan, junior Christian GoschNick 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.

2017-18 SEASON