Manheim, Pa. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association have released their annual All-Academic release with Minnesota State wrestling gaining several accolades.
Overall the Mavericks were the ninth-rated academic team in Division II with a team GPA of 3.15. Minnesota State is the highest-rated NSIC competitor in the poll while the Northern State Wolves registered a 3.10 team GPA, good for 13th in Division II.
In the 2017-18 season, 51 teams gained representation with over 300 student-athletes earning All-Academic honors. Minnesota State had eight student-athletes earn All-Academic honors including three NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship Qualifiers.
In order for a student-athlete to be nominated to the Division II All-Academic Team, he must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, with that benchmark at 3.0 for those who qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. The athlete must also be in at least a second full year at his school and have competed in a minimum of six dates of competition.
All-Academic team members for the Mavericks include Anthony Heng, Kyle Rathman, Dylan Herman, Etienne Kinney, Seth Elwood, Zach Johnston, Corey Abernathy, and Chris Zimmer.
Seniors Herman, Abernathy, and Zimmer earned spots on the All-Academic after completing their final seasons on the mat for Minnesota State. Herman, a management major and NSIC Winter All-Academic Team member, finished the season 8-9 while competing in six dual matches. Abernathy finished his senior season with a second consecutive trip to the national tournament and a 20-7 overall record. Zimmer, a mechanical engineering major, appeared in eight dual matches this season and was an NSIC Winter All-Academic Team member.
Elwood and Johnston earned All-Academic honors after each wrestler gained All-American status at the national tournament. A psychology major, Elwood was 16-11 this season with a 14-7 tournament record and regional championship. Johnston, a management major, compiled a 24-8 record on his way to a seventh-place finish at the wrestling championships.
Freshmen Heng, Kinney, and Rathman all earned All-Academic team honors in their first season available for selection. Heng and Kinney exclusively appeared in tournaments for Minnesota State while Rathman wrestled to a 22-10 record appearing in nine dual matches.
To view the full NWCA release, click HERE.