The National Wresting Coaches Association (NWCA) released the 82-member Division I All-Academic team for the 2012-13 campaign, including several New York wrestlers.
Four-time national champion Kyle Dake was one of four NCAA titlewinners on the squad (along with Oklahoma’s Kendric Maple, Oklahoma State’s Chris Perry and Penn State’s Quentin Wright). Joining Dake was fellow Big Red All-American Mike Nevinger.
Another wrestler who stood on the podium in Des Moines, Columbia bronze medalist Steve Santos, made the squad, along with his teammates Jake O’Hara and Josh Houldsworth. The Lions were 28th in the team GPA standings (3.0212).
Also chosen for the team were a pair of 2012 All-Americans and current graduate students – Binghamton’s Donnie Vinson and Hofstra’s Steve Bonanno. The Pride 125 pounder, working toward his MBA, was ranked third on the individual academic list with a 3.77 grade point average.
Rounding out the Empire State representatives are Billy Watterson, a former Section 1 standout now at Brown and Section 3 star Ryan LeBlanc, who wrestles at Indiana.
For the full release, see here.
NWCA All-Academic Team – (Wrestlers with Connection to New York)
Donnie Vinson (Binghamton, 149 pounds) – Masters (Student Affairs)
Billy Watterson (Brown, John Jay HS, 125 pounds) – History
Jake O’Hara (Columbia, 157 pounds) – Financial Economics
Josh Houldsworth (Columbia, 165 pounds) – Financial Economics
Steve Santos (Columbia, 149 pounds) – Financial Economics
Mike Nevinger (Cornell, 141 pounds) – Mechanical Engineering
Kyle Dake (Cornell, 165 pounds) – Development Sociology
Steve Bonanno (Hofstra, 125 pounds) – Accounting (MBA)
Ryan LeBlanc (Indiana, Morrisville Eaton HS, 165 pounds) – Fitness Specialist