16 Pennsylvania Wrestlers Named NWCA All-Academics

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Old Dominion seniorTristan Warner (Cumberland Valley) receives his second straight Elite 89 Award. Photo from Old Dominion Athletics courtesy Leslie Wilde

Old Dominion senior Tristan Warner (Cumberland Valley) receives his second straight Elite 89 Award. Photo from Old Dominion Athletics courtesy Leslie Wilde

Each season the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) names All-Academic individuals and teams. This season there were a total of 16 wrestlers named NWCA All-Academics.

Leading the way was former Cumberland Valley’s PIAA State Runner-up Tristan Warner who carried a 3.984 GPA while at Old Dominion. At the 2015 NCAA National Tournament Tristan Warner won his second straight Elite 89 Award. The prestigious award is given to the student-athlete competing in a National Championship with the highest GPA. It was only the second time ever that a wrestler won the Elite 89 Award two seasons in a row.

10 Keystone State wrestlers on the list were PIAA State Champions in high school and 5 were 2015 NCAA All-Americans for their respective schools.


NWCA All-Academic Top Teams

NWCA All-Academic Wrestlers


School – Wrestler – Year – Weight – Major – 2015 Season

Brown Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Whitemarsh) SO 157 Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations NCAA Qualifier

Iowa Josh Dziewa (Council Rock South) SR 141 Leisure Studies NCAA Qualifier

Kent State Mackenzie McGuire (Upper St. Clair) JR 133 Speech Pathology & Audiology NCAA Qualifier

Lehigh Mason Beckman (Reynolds) RS-JR 133 Business Supply Chain Management 6th NCAA

Lehigh Mitch Minotti (Easton Area) RS-SO 157 Finance 8th NCAA

Lock Haven Phil Sprenkle (Dallastown Area) RS-JR 197 Sport Administration 18-9

N.C. State Pete Renda (Brandywine Heights Area) SO 174 Business Administration NCAA Qualifier

Northwestern U. Michael McMullan (Wyoming Seminary) RS-SR 285 Journalism 3rd NCAA

Old Dominion Tristan Warner (Cumberland Valley) RS-SR 165 Criminal Justice & Communications NCAA Qualifier

Penn State Jordan Conaway (New Oxford) RS-JR 125 Rehab and Human Services 8th NCAA

Penn State Garett Hammond (Chambersburg Area) RS-FR 165 Public Relations/Advertising 23-12

Penn State Matt McCutcheon (Kiski Area) RS-FR 184 Kinesiology NCAA Qualifier

Pittsburgh Tyler Wilps (Chartiers Valley) RS-SR 174 Finance NCAA Runner-Up

Princeton Brett Harner (Norristown Area) SO 184 Economics NCAA Qualifier

Stanford Connor Schram (Canon-McMillan) RS-FR 133 Undeclared NCAA Qualifier

Virginia Joe Spisak (Boiling Springs) Grad 141 Public Policy and Leadership NCAA Qualifier


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