COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Two Saint John’s University wrestling student-athletes, Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) and Jerod Novak (Aitkin, Minn.), earned their third National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-America honor this week.
The NWCA All-America Scholar award is the third consecutive for Becker, while Novak achieved the distinction for the third time as well (last season and as a freshman in 2016-17).
To be eligible for Scholar All-America distinction, a student-athlete must carry a GPA of at least 3.20 (cumulative or last academic year), have a .500 match record or better and meet one of the three criteria: qualify for the NCAA Championships; place in the top eight at the NCAA regional and wrestle in 50 percent of the scheduled dates; or achieve a .665 winning percentage or better and wrestle in 50 percent of the scheduled dates.
SJU has now totaled 26 Scholar All-Americans over the last 12 seasons.
A global business leadership major with a 3.35 GPA, Becker ended the 2019-20 season with a 22-2 record at 133 pounds. He finished second Feb. 28-29 at the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional and was set to make his second national tournament appearance as the No. 3 seed at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships March 13-14, but his career came to an end after the NCAA’s canceled all winter and spring championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Becker finished with a 93-27 career record, including a 49-6 mark over the last two seasons.
Novak, who is a nursing major with a 3.90 GPA, posted a 14-8 record at 157 pounds and ended the season with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional. He started the regional’s second day of competition two wins shy of the third-place match and fell one victory short, ending his run with a 5-2 loss in double overtime in the consolation semifinal. Novak totaled a 64-43 career record.
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