St. Cloud State wrestlers earn NWCA academic honors for 2019-20

A total of nine student-athletes from the St. Cloud State University wrestling team were named to the 2019-20 NWCA Division II Scholar All-America team.

This group included NCAA national qualifiers junior Jake Barzowksi (Mount Prospect, Ill./Notre Dame H.S.), freshman Joey Bianchini (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Immaculate Conception H.S.), senior Kolton Eischens (Pierz, Minn./Healy H.S.), junior Devin FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn./H.S.), sophomore Noah Ryan (Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville H.S.) and sophomore Garrett Vos (Bonifacius, Minn./Waconia H.S.) along with sophomore Devin Donovan (Wheaton, Ill./North H.S.), junior Adam Hedin (Rosemount, Minn./H.S.) and freshman Brock Schlough (Menomonie, Wisc./Boyceville H.S.).

A total of 267 student-athletes from 49 institutions nation-wide were honored in 2019-20. In order for a student-athlete to be recognized with this award, they must have a minimum 3.4 cumulative grade average on a 4.0 scale, with that benchmark at 3.2 for those who have qualified for the 2020 NCAA DII wrestling championships. The athletes must have also competed in a minimum of five dates of competition.

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Augustana Wrestling Tabbed Fifth in NWCA Scholar All-America Rankings

MANHEIM, Penn. — The awards keep rolling in for the Augustana wrestling team after a fantastic 2019-20 campaign that featured a second-place finish in the NSIC standings and saw three wrestlers qualify for nationals. This time, the Vikings are being honored in the classroom, with the fifth-best team GPA in the country (3.336) which earned the Vikings NWCA Division II Scholar All-America honors the NWCA announced Monday afternoon.

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SJU Duo Earns Third NWCA All-America Scholar Honor

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.

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