Minnesota Named to NWCA Team Scholar All-America

MINNEAPOLIS—The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced that Minnesota wrestling was among the programs named to the 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Team Scholar All-America top 30 rankings.

The Golden Gophers finished with a team GPA of 3.4170, good for 21st in Division I. Harvard took home team honors with a 3.6134 GPA, while only Northwestern (3.4818) and Michigan State (3.4308) ranked higher among schools in the Big Ten than Minnesota.

The Team Scholar All-America honor is just the latest classroom accolade for Minnesota.

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SDSU finishes fourth for team GPA

MANHEIM, Pa. — South Dakota State wrestling reached new heights both on the mat and in the classroom during the 2023-24 season, with the Jackrabbits attaining a fourth-place showing in the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Team Scholar All-America top-30 rankings.

The Jackrabbits compiled a 3.5416 team grade-point average to receive the team recognition for the fourth season in a row and were the highest-ranking Big 12 Conference school. Harvard led the way with a 3.6134 team GPA, followed by Cleveland State at 3.5706 and Drexel with a 3.5456 team GPA.

SDSU finished 10th a season ago with a 3.4635 team GPA.

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SMSU Wrestling honored by NWCA for work in the classroom

MANHEIM, Pa. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team along with five Mustang student athletes have been recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) for success in the classroom during the 2023-24 season.

The SMSU wrestling team posted a GPA of 3.213, up from 3.166 last season, ranking No. 21 in the country. Jacob Dykes, Sean Howk, Hunter Pfantz, Elijah Sterner, and Adam Sylvester have been named NWCA Division II Scholar All-Americans.

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Four Dragons Earn NWCA Scholar All-America Distinction

MANHEIM, Pa. — MSU Moorhead wrestlers Gunnar Mogen, Jonas Anez, Isaiah Huus, and Parker Benz have been named National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-Americans.

For Mogen, it is his third consecutive season earning NWCA Scholar All-America honors, while Anez and Benz make their first return trips to the team in 2023-24. Huus is a first-time NWCA Scholar All-America honoree in 2023-24. Mogen is a junior majoring in biology at MSUM, while Benz, a redshirt sophomore, is a finance major. Anez, a sophomore, is an exercise science major, while Huus, a redshirt freshman, is a computer science major.

The University of Indianapolis topped the team ranking with a GPA of 3.480, with Lake Erie College close behind with a 3.466. Colorado Mesa (3.439), Minnesota State (3.438), and Wisconsin-Parkside (3.436) round out the top five teams.

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Steffen honored with All-American accolades by NSCA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is proud to announce Southwest Minnesota State University wrestler senior Caden Steffen as a 2024 All-American Athlete Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award recipient.

This award recognizes Steffen’s athletic accomplishments and his dedication to strength and conditioning. Nominated by SMSU head wrestling coach Chayse Jackson, Steffen’s determination to improve in athletics while maintaining academic prominence is a great model for all student-athletes at SMSU. He is one of 12 student-athletes in the sport of wrestling recognized by the NSCA.

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