Five Cobbers earn NWCA Scholar All-American honors

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia had five individuals earn National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American honors and finished in the Top 15 in the All-Scholar team awards.

Ty Bisek (Jr. New London, Minn./New London-Spicer HS), Ayden Friese (Sr., Granite Falls, Minn.), Elijah Hunt (Sr., St. Peter, Minn.), Kellen Schauer (Sr., Bovey, Minn./Grand Rapids HS) and Gabe Zierden (Sr., Albany, Minn.) all received the honor handed out by the national coaches association.

The five wrestlers, who were all place winners for the Cobbers at the Upper Midwest Regional Meet, helped Concordia finish in the Top 15 of Division III in the Team Scholar honors. Concordia finished the year with a 3.62 team grade point average, marking an unprecedented fifth straight year that the Cobbers have finished with a team GPA above 3.00.

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Mavericks Earn Post-Season NWCA Scholar All-American Accolades

Mankato, Minn. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced the 2024 NCAA Division II Scholar All-American rankings, with Minnesota State ranked fourth overall with a GPA of 3.438. The Mavericks are the highest-ranking team in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), with six other teams on the list.

The NWCA Scholar All-American status is granted to a student athlete with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale who has competed in a minimum of four competitions. Seven Minnesota State wrestlers were named Scholar All-Americans, including three Mavericks who earned the award for the second year in a row.

Andrew Weiss, a freshman from Holmen, Wis., was one of two freshmen named and is majoring in mechanical engineering. Makota Misgen joined Weiss on the list of freshmen being recognized. Misgen, at 285lbs., hails from Ellendale, Minn., along with majoring in criminal justice.

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Augsburg has 20 NWCA Scholar All-Americans, 6th in D-III academic national standings

MINNEAPOLIS — Claiming a school-record 20 individual Scholar All-Americans, the most among NCAA Division III teams nationally, the 2024 NCAA Division III national champion Augsburg University men’s wrestling team finished in sixth place in the 2023-24 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III academic team race, with a team grade-point average of 3.725, it was announced recently. All 10 NCAA Division III national tournament qualifiers for the Auggies earned Scholar All-American honors this season.

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Herbst Named a NWCA Scholar All-American

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s University freshman Owen Herbst (Buffalo, Minn.) was named a 2023-24 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American on Wednesday, April 10.

To be eligible, 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 to be eligible for Scholar All-America distinction.

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NWCA Announces the 2024 NCAA Division III Scholar All-American Awards

MANHEIM, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) proudly announces the 2024 NCAA Division III Men’s Scholar All-America awards for Individual and Team recipients. This year, a remarkable total of 418 wrestlers from 100 institutions have achieved the status of Scholar All-American.

Augsburg University leads the nation with an impressive 20 honorees, closely followed by the University of Chicago and the United States Coast Guard Academy, each boasting 14 distinguished recipients. Notable mentions include UW-La Crosse with 13, New York University with 12, Stevens Institute of Technology with 11, and UW-Eau Claire with ten awardees.

In the Team Scholar Awards, Johns Hopkins University takes the top spot with a remarkable GPA of 3.866, closely followed by Heidelberg University’s impressive 3.825. Ohio Northern University secures third place with a GPA of 3.786.

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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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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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