26 Pennsylvania Wrestlers Named NWCA Division I Academic All-Americans

Pennsylvania Wrestling is more than just tough on top riders, high scoring machines, and hard-nosed grapplers. The Keystone State also produces some of society’s most talented students. This was evident in the 2016 NWCA’s Division I Academic All-Americans list that featured a total of 26 Pennsylvania wrestlers. (Cover photo of Jason Nolf by Marc Billet for PA Power Wrestling).

Leading the group of 26 included Penn State which had a list leading six Academic All-Americans all hailing from Pennsylvania. Those include NCAA National Champions Nico Megaludis (Franklin Regional) and Zain Retherford (Benton Area) in addition to NCAA All-Americans Jason Nolf (Kittanning) and Jordan Conaway (New Oxford). NCAA Qualifiers Geno Morelli (DuBois Area) and Matt McCutheon (Kiski Area) also made the All-Academic team for the Nittany Lions.

Other All-Academic wrestlers included NCAA All-American’s Nate Brown (Lewisburg Area), Pete Renda (Brandywine Heights Area), Casey Kent (LaSalle College), Brett Harner (Norristown Area), Connor Schram (Canon-McMillan), and Solomon Chishko (Canon-McMillan).

Below is a look at the 26 Pennsylvania NWCA Academic All-American’s and the complete list.


Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Whitemarsh / Brown)

Corey Keener (Blue Mountain / Central Michigan)

Zachary Horan (Nazareth Area / Central Michigan)

Brock Zacherl (Brookville Area / Clarion)

Evan Delong (Kane Area / Clarion)

Joseph Goodhart (Hempfield / Drexel)

Mackenzie McGuire (Upper Saint Clair / Kent State)

Tyler Buckwalter (Central Mountain / Kent State)

John Bolich (Upper Moreland / Lehigh)

Mason Beckman (Reynolds / Lehigh)

Nate Brown (Lewisburg Area / Lehigh)

Phil Sprenkle (Dallastown Area / Lock Haven)

Pete Renda (Brandywine Heights Area / N.C. State)

Corey Wilding (Upper Saint Clair / Navy)

Casey Kent (LaSalle College / UPenn)

Geno Morelli (DuBois Area / Penn State)

Jason Nolf (Kittanning / Penn State)

Jordan Conaway (New Oxford / Penn State)

Matt McCutcheon (Kiski Area / Penn State)

Nico Megaludis (Franklin Regional / Penn State)

Zain Retherford (Benton Area / Penn State)

Brett Harner (Norristown Area / Princeton)

Connor Schram (Canon-McMillan / Stanford)

Zachary Nye (East Pennsboro / Virginia)

Solomon Chishko (Canon McMillan / Virginia Tech)

Zach Zavatsky (Greater Latrobe / Virginia Tech)


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