Carlson, Franek, Bishop, Rathman, Turriff, Vos, and Shilson named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Seven area wrestlers were named to the 2021-22 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Men’s At-Large Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors. CoSIDA Academic Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and in the classroom.

Clay Carlson of South Dakota State, Jared Franek of North Dakota State, Daniel Bishop of Augustana, Kyle Rathman of Minnesota State, Trevor Turriff of Minnesota State
Garrett Vos of St. Cloud State, and Tyler Shilson of Augsburg have been selected as Academic All-District® honorees.

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As fans return to college wrestling venues, Iowa sets new Division I home average attendance record

New Brighton, Minnesota – The National Wrestling Media Association released its annual numbers for Division I wrestling dual meet attendance on Friday.

The COVID-19 global pandemic caused sports around the world to be forever impacted. For college wrestling in the United States, this created a system of uncertainty when it came time to return to campus to watch events in person. Even with each school seemingly having its own set of regulations and stipulations, the 2021-22 attendance numbers came back favorably as wrestling fans were in large, quick to return to their favorite venues. Attendance wasn’t tracked in 2020-21 due to most venues having no-spectator policies during that season.

The University of Iowa’s fanbase, leaders in Division I attendance since 2007, set a new record for home average of 14,905, selling out the entire season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes drew a total of 89,430, the second-highest home total since attendance figures started being tracked by members of the wrestling media in 2002. The numbers are based on home dual meet events, such as single duals, double duals, tri-meets or quad-meets.

In 2015-16, Iowa drew a record 97,325 fans, which was aided by the 42,287 at Kinnick Stadium in November of 2015 against Oklahoma State. Iowa has led the nation in home attendance in 19 of the 20 seasons it’s been tracked.

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SDSU wrestlers excel in the classroom

MANHEIM, Pa. — South Dakota State was honored Friday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association with a Top 30 Scholar Team All-America award, and six Jackrabbits were recognized individually for their work in the classroom.

SDSU, which received the team recognition for the second season in a row, ranked seventh among NCAA Division I programs with a 3.465 grade-point average. The Jackrabbits were one of four Big 12 Conference teams to rank in the top 10.

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NWCA Announces the 2022 Division I Scholar All-America Awards

Manheim, PA – On Friday, the NWCA announced the full slate of 2021-2022 Scholar All-America Team and Individual honorees for Division I with awards going to 289 individuals representing 74 institutions.

“On behalf of the NWCA Board of Directors, It is my honor to recognize these exceptional athletes and teams,” NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer said. “Wrestling takes much focus and sacrifice and we are proud to honor these wrestlers for their obvious commitment to their academic pursuits!”

In the team race, Long Island University finished atop the field with a 3.626 GPA followed by Hofstra’s 3.575, and the Cleveland State’s 3.553.

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SDSU wrestlers to compete in Las Vegas

A group of South Dakota State University wrestlers is slated to compete this weekend at the 2022 United States Marine Corps U.S. Open in Las Vegas.

Competition begins Friday and runs through Sunday at South Point Hotel & Casino.

Representing the Jackrabbits in the Senior division at 61 kilograms is Gabriel Tagg. A native of Lodi, Ohio, Tagg compiled a 13-6 record at 133 pounds after joining the team in January.

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Wrestling award winners crowned at NCAA championships

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA presented the 2022 NCAA Wrestling Awards to eight student-athletes at the Divisions I, II and III Wrestling Championships over the last two weekends.

The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.

For results to be counted for the awards they must come against opponents in the same division (i.e. Division II vs. Division II). Ties in the falls and tech falls categories are broken based on the aggregate time.

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