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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Bernick’s Take Me Back Tuesday: Svendsen Brothers Created Family Dynasty on the Wrestling Mat at SJU

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – A family dynasty on the wrestling mat at Saint John’s University came to a close 50 years ago this month.

Brothers Gary and Tom Svendsen recorded 201 victories between them in a span stretching from Gary’s freshman season in 1968-69 to Tom’s senior season in 1973-74.

Gary – who finished his career with a record of 105-9 – earned All-America honors twice – finishing fifth at 134 pounds at the NAIA national meet in 1971, then winning a national title at the same weight class in 1972.

He won National Catholic Invitational titles as a sophomore and senior and finished second during his junior season. In addition, he won MIAC titles in 1969, ’70 and ’71. Continue reading at gojohnnies.com →