MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University wrestlers Sam Bennyhoff (JR, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS) and Victor Gliva (SO, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS) were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III Men’s At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced on Tuesday. Gliva and Bennyhoff earned Academic All-America honors for the first time, Gliva as a first-team selection and Bennyhoff as a second-team selection. The two also earned Google Cloud Academic All-District honors in May.
Augsburg men’s hockey forward Nate Flynn (SR, Hastings, Minn./Hastings HS) joined Gliva and Bennyhoff as Academic All-Americans on Tuesday. The three Augsburg honorees were tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the most Academic All-Americans for any school in the men’s at-large category, which includes student-athletes from 12 men’s sports: fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Gliva is an accounting major with a perfect 4.00 GPA. This season, 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, in addition to earning National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Scholar All-America honors for the second straight year.
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. Of his 29 wins, he had nine pins, two technical falls, and six major decisions.
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, with 15 pins, six technical falls and 13 major decisions.
Bennyhoff is a physics major with a 3.86 GPA. He has earned National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Scholar All-America honors each of the past three seasons.
Bennyhoff finished his junior season as the NCAA Division III national runner-up at 133 pounds, finishing his season at 35-6 with nine pins, seven technical falls and nine major decisions. He won nine straight matches leading up to the national title match. He won titles at three tournaments this season, including the NCAA Division III Upper Midwest Regional, a regional title he won for the third straight year.
An NCAA national tournament qualifier for the third straight year, Bennyhoff is now 93-22 in his three seasons at Augsburg, with 17 pins, 15 technical falls and 26 major decisions.
Across all sports, Augsburg student-athletes have now been honored 40 times with CoSIDA Academic All-America honors since 1981, including 30 honors since 2000. Augsburg wrestlers have now been honored 12 times with Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA. Among the 13 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools, Augsburg has had the fourth-most CoSIDA Academic All-Americans all-time.
The Google Cloud Academic All-America program is administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Top student-athletes, who have already earned Google Cloud Academic All-District first-team honors, are eligible for inclusion on the Google Cloud Academic All-America team. Student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current institutions, have a grade-point average above 3.30 (4.0 scale) and have outstanding athletic credentials. The Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot is voted on by a committee of CoSIDA members, along with sports information directors in the various divisions. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Google Cloud Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
Google Cloud, a cloud computing services program for businesses, recently signed on as the title sponsor for CoSIDA’s Academic All-District/Academic All-America programs. The Division III Google Cloud Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the Google Cloud Division III Academic All-America teams program.
This is the seventh year of the expanded Google Cloud Academic All-America program, with separate teams comprising NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, along with a College Division team of NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools. First-team Google Cloud Academic All-District members advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot, voted on by a committee of CoSIDA members.