MANHEIM, Pa. – The Castleton University wrestling program topped the Division III All-Academic Team standings, while four Spartans received individual All-Academic honors, announced Thursday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).
Among qualifying wrestlers, Castleton posted a combined grade point average of 3.667, leading the list of 30 All-Academic Teams that also includes New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) members Williams, Springfield, WPI, Wesleyan, Trinity, and Coast Guard.
Senior Jared Costa leads the Spartan contingent for individual All-Academic honors, capping a successful collegiate career both on the mat and in the classroom. Costa earned All-Region honors after finishing fourth in the 165-pound bracket at the NCAA Northeast Regionals, posting a 26-10 (.722) record this season. Costa is on track to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in sports management, plus he is minoring in business.
Nick Scott received All-Academic recognition after earning a 28-12 (.700) overall record on the mat during the 2017-18 season, punctuated by winning the heavyweight bracket at the NEWA Futures Tournament. One of this year's team captains, Scott is majoring in athletic training.
Max Tempel made an immediate impact for the Spartans after transferring from Siena College, first at 149 pounds before earning All-Region honors at 141 pounds for a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regionals. Majoring in communication and public relations with a minor in marketing, Tempel led the team in victories as he posted a 44-12 (.786) record this season.
Jesse Webb came to Castleton from Ohio University to once again team up with Scott Legacy, his high school coach at Mount Anthony Union, and he went on to earn All-Region honors with a fifth-place finish in the heavyweight bracket at regionals. Webb, a physical education major with a minor in recreation, won several tournaments during the year and ended up with a 36-8 (.818) overall record, including a team-high 13 pins.
To earn All-Academic honors, individual wrestlers must have at least a 3.2 GPA for the previous full academic year. In addition, they must either be a national qualifier or an all-region selection with a season winning percentage of .500 or better, or they must have an overall winning percentage of .670 or better and competed in half of the institution's scheduled NCAA events.
"This just continues to show the importance of how athletes in Division III balance their athletic careers and their educational opportunities," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "Division III is the largest in number of teams at the NCAA level, and we know these athletes are competing without athletic scholarships. Their experiences on the mat and in the classroom exemplify what it means to compete in Division III and in the sport of wrestling."
Castleton finished 11th at the 2018 NCAA Northeast Regionals, with nine of the 10 wrestlers who competed at that event eligible to return next season for the Spartans.