CLEVELAND, Ohio – Augsburg University’s Victor Gliva (SO, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS) was named as the recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at the NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships, it was announced on Saturday.
According to the NCAA: “The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.”
Gliva is the third Augsburg student-athlete to earn NCAA Elite 90 honors since the program started in the 2009-10 school year. Lauren Rice earned the honor for women’s indoor track and field in 2014, and Tony Valek earned the honor for wrestling in 2012.
An accounting major with a 4.00 grade-point average, Gliva has earned National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Scholar All-America honors in both 2017 and 2018.
Gliva finished the 2017-18 season with a 29-8 record, qualifying for the NCAA Division III national tournament for the second straight year, after finishing second at the NCAA Division III Upper Midwest Regional. A 2017 regional titlist and All-American with an eighth-place finish at 125, Gliva is 61-15 in his two seasons as an Auggie.
Augsburg finished second as a team at the Division III national championships on Saturday night, earning two individual national champions, one national runner-up, and five All-American honors.