MANHEIM, Pa. -- The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) recently announced its 2015 Division III Scholar All-Americans and Washington and Lee University had two student-athletes honored.
Sophomore Bennett Lewis (St. Louis, Mo. / Westminster Christian) earned the honor for the second straight season, while first-year Matt Kaminer (Hewlett, N.Y. / George W. Hewlett) was also among the 160 NCAA Division III wrestlers to achieve the award. Including Lewis and Kaminer, W&L wrestlers have garnered the honor 30 times since 1984.
Lewis completed the 2015 season with a 15-6 overall record while competing at 197 pounds. He won the 197-pound weight class at the W&L Invitational and placed third in the same weight class in the Washington & Jefferson Invitational. After two seasons, Lewis has compiled a 36-19 overall record.
Kaminer finished his rookie campaign with the second-most wins on the team, posting a 23-15 overall record at 285 pounds. He also won his weight class at the W&L Invitational.
To qualify for the NWCA Scholar All-America team, 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.