Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association on Thursday released their Division I Scholar All-American Award winners which had the Drexel Dragons in the top spot with a 3.6263 GPA after finishing in 8th a season ago. The Individual awards were lead by The Ohio State University who had seven wrestler’s garner All-American status.
The individual awards included 39 athletes who brought home NCAA All-American honors from Pittsburgh with eleven finalists. Highlighting the team were five NCAA Champions including a trio of Nittany Lions; Anthony Cassar, Bo Nickal, and Jason Nolf, as well as Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) and Spencer Lee (Iowa). Nickal, Nolf, and Ashnault were also Hodge Trophy Finalists with Nickal winning the award. In total 142 wrestlers received 2019 honors.
In the Top 30 Team race, the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association led the way by sweeping the top three positions with champions Drexel, runner up American, and Harvard in 3rd Place, last years champs. In all, the EIWA had eleven of its member institutions represented in the top 30. (1. Drexel, 2. American, 3. Harvard, 6, Sacred Heart, 7. Hofstra, 8. Brown, 13. Penn, 15. Lehigh, 16. Columbia, 17. Bucknell, 22. Cornell) The Big 10 followed the EIWA with six teams making the Top 30 led by Northwestern in tenth place. (Others: 18. Purdue, 21. Penn St, 23. Nebraska, 29. Ohio State, 30. Minnesota)
“Honoring individuals and teams who have set themselves apart in the classroom is one of the greatest ways we can preserve and grow our sport”, Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director said. “Wrestling is one of the top collegiate sports having first-generation college attendees and it’s great to see so many student-athletes taking advantage of the opportunity the sport has given them by pursuing excellence in the classroom as well as on the mat.”