Turriff Earns NSIC Elite 18 Award

Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State’s Trevor Turriff was named the 2020-21 NSIC Elite 18 Award winner for wrestling.

Turriff joins Carah Drees (2021- WBB), Alex Goettl (2019 – FB), Amber Kral (2019 – SB), Maggie Knier (S&D 2017-18, 2018-19 & 2019-20) and Erica Ellstrom (S&D 2016-17) as NSIC Elite 18 Award winners from Minnesota State.

As part of the NSIC 25th Anniversary celebration, the NSIC Elite 18 Award was instituted to recognize the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the NSIC Championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The NSIC Elite 18 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point from the regular season championship team or an All-NSIC performer.

Turriff is a junior majoring in finance and holds a 3.72 grade point average. The De Pere, Wisconsin native is a First Team All-NSIC wrestler at 174 pounds after going 6-0 during the regular season. Turriff, who ranks No. 2 in the country, took first place at the NCAA Division II Super Region V Championship to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships. He claimed a 13-2 major decision over Cole Huss (Northern State) and an 8-4 decision over Devin Donovan (SCSU) before claiming the regional title with a 9-5 over U-Mary’s Max Bruss. The three wins gives Turriff a 9-0 record on the year.

The NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships take place on March 12-13 at the American’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Missouri.

Selection Criteria

  1. Academically the student-athlete has achieved at least a sophomore status as defined by his or her own institution.
  2. Athletically the student-athlete is in his or her second year of competition at his or her current institution.
  3. Athletically the student-athlete is an active member on the roster and a member of the designated squad size for the sport at the championship site.
  4. A student-athlete may win the award only once per academic year even if she or he participates in more than one sport.
  5. Grade point average is based on the cumulative grade point average at the time of nomination as calculated by each institution. Grade point average calculations will be based on a 4.00 scale and will be reported to two decimal places.
  6. In the event of a tie based on grade point average, the award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest total number of credit hours earned.
  7. If a tie still exists after looking at the total number of credit hours earned, all student-athletes who are tied shall be presented with the NSIC Elite 18 Award.

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