MANHEIM, Pa. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling program had five student-athletes named to the 2013-14 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II All-Academic team. The announcement came at the NCAA II national championships in Cleveland, Ohio.
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As a team, SMSU finished 10th in the country in the team category with a GPA of 3.21. SMSU finished 20th in the country last year with a 2.97 GPA.
Cole Wilson was named to the first team, while senior Ethan Hildebrandt and senior Micah Larson were both named to the second team. Sophomore Beau Buysse and senior Andrew Rodas both were named to the honorable mention team.
It marks the third season that Hildebrandt, Larson, Rodas and Wilson have been named to the honor, while it is the second recognition for Buysse.
The Division II All-Academic Wrestling Team consists of 181 student-athletes from 38 universities and colleges.
In order for a student-athlete to be nominated for the Division II All-Academic Team, he needs to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. He must also be in at least his second full year at his school, be a varsity member on his team or a key reserve, demonstrate a degree of skill and have a minimum of two letters of recommendation (academic advisor and coach) submitted on his behalf.
The team GPA is calculated by averaging the cumulative grade point averages of ten wrestlers from each team, of which eight of those wrestlers must have competed in their team’s Super Regional Qualifying Tournament.