MANHEIM, Pa. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced its 2018 Top 30 Division III All-Academic Teams and All-Academic Individuals on Tuesday morning.
Washington and Lee earned All-Academic Team laurels after finishing fifth in the Division III team standings for team grade-point average with a 3.616 GPA. Additionally, Senior Matt Kaminer (Hewlett, N.Y. / George W. Hewlett), sophomore Shane Conners (Mount Airy, Md. / South Carroll) and first-year Bryce Crew (St. Mary's, Ga. / Camden County) were among the 189 Division III wrestlers nation-wide to receive All-Academic honors. This marks the fifth straight season that W&L has received multiple All-Academic citations.
Castleton University led the nation in Team GPA with a 3.667 GPA. Williams followed in second (3.651), with Stevens (3.635), Augsburg (3.628) and W&L (3.616) rounding out the Top 5.
Kaminer was named to the All-Academic squad for the third time in his career at W&L. The journalism major finished his senior season with a 29-14 overall record, tied for the third-most wins in a season in program history. He placed third at 285 pounds at the 2018 Centennial Conference Championship and was an Honorable Mention All-Centennial Conference honoree following his junior campaign. Kaminer finished his career ranked fourth all-time at W&L for career victories, posting an 80-54 overall mark.
Conners garnered his second straight All-Academic honor during the 2018 season. He finished the year with an 18-8 overall record, placing third in the 157-pound weight class at the Centennial Conference Championship. He then went on to notch a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Through two seasons, Conners claims a 42-20 overall record.
Crew received All-Academic honors after a solid rookie campaign that saw him return from an injury mid-season to post a 17-8 overall record. He set a new W&L season record for pins, registering 13 of them among his 17 wins. Crew placed second at 149 pounds at the 2018 Centennial Conference Championship and ended his year with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional.
To qualify for the NWCA All-Academic squad, a wrestler must have a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) and one of the following: Be a national qualifier with a winning record, a regional place-winner with a winning record or have a season winning percentage of 67.0 percent or better. They must also have competed in at least 50 percent of the team's matches.