Springfield, Mass. - March 29, 2019 - The Springfield College wrestling team produced the sixth-best team grade point average among Division III wrestling programs, as the National Wrestling Coaches Association recently released its Top 30 Division III All-Academic teams.
This season, head coach Jason Holder's squad produced a combined grade point average of 3.665. which was good enough to land them sixth nationally, their best finish since 1995 when Springfield finished fourth in the nation. The Pride was also able to claim the best GPA for starters in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) with a 3.39 average.
Additionally, seven Springfield student-athletes earned NWCA Division III Scholar All-America including Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.), Kearney Gutierrez (Freeport, N.Y.), Michael Vietri (Dumont, N.J.), Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.), Ryan Harty (Plymouth, Mass.), Jacques St. Jean (Goffstown, N.H.), Dillan Palaszewski (Galway, N.Y.). This marks the first time since 2011 that Springfield has had seven wrestlers collect national academic honors. In order to qualify for Scholar All-America status, wrestlers must compete in more than half of the teams matches while winning two-thirds of their individual contests and collecting a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
In addition to the national awards, 12 members of the Pride were selected as New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Academic All-Region, including the seven student-athletes who earned the national honors as well as Nicholas Almonte (Cranston, R.I.), Seve Burgos (Guilford, Conn.), Ryan Gray (Milford, Mass.), Tyson Jones (Albany, N.Y.), and Derek Wilson (Derry, N.H.).
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