MANHEIM, Pa. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced its 2019 Top 30 Division III All-Academic Teams and All-Academic Individuals on Thursday. Washington and Lee was well represented on the lists.
The Generals earned All-Academic Team laurels after finishing 13th in the Division III team standings for team grade-point average with a 3.602 GPA. Additionally, seniors Zach Bylykbashi (Southington, Conn. / Southington) and Ethan Hartman (River Edge, N.J. / River Dell Regional), junior Rexx Hallyburton (Bishop, Ga. / Oconee County), sophomore Bryce Crew (St. Mary's, Ga. / Camden County) and first-year Russ Zimmerman (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Cumberland Valley) were among the 265 Division III wrestlers nation-wide to receive All-Academic honors. This marks the sixth straight season that W&L has received multiple All-Academic citations.
Johns Hopkins led the nation in Team GPA with a 3.776. Baldwin Wallace followed in second (3.766), with Wesleyan (3.714), Stevens (3.704), and Ithaca (3.668) rounding out the Top 5.
Bylykbashi earned the first All-Academic squad honor of his career. The business administration and politics double-major completed his final campaign with a 12-8 overall record. He finished fourth in the 141-pound weight class at the Centennial Conference Championship and was fifth in the same weight class at the NCAA Southeast Regional. A three-time All-Centennial Conference selection, two-time NCAA Division III National Qualifier and the 2018 NCAA Southeast Regional Outstanding Wrestler, Bylykbashi finished his W&L career with a program-record 100 wins (100-34). He also set a W&L record for career takedowns (271).
Hartman was also tabbed to the All-Academic squad for the first time in his four seasons. A chemistry major, he won a career-best 19 matches (19-16) this winter en route to placing third at the Centennial Conference Championship and seventh at the NCAA Southeast Regional at 125 pounds. He finished his career with a 53-77 overall record.
Hallyburton earned his first All-Academic honor after posting an 18-8 overall mark during his junior campaign. He finished with an 18-8 overall record, qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time in his career. The business administration major placed third at the Centennial Conference Championship at 184 pounds and went on to win the same weight class at the NCAA Southeast Regional. He will enter his senior season with a 42-20 career mark.
Crew was named to the All-Academic squad for the second time in his two seasons at W&L. The biochemistry major registered a 28-14 overall record this winter, setting a new program record for pins in a season (18). He finished fourth in the 149-pound weight class at the Centennial Conference Championship and placed sixth at 149 pounds at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Crew will enter his junior year with a 45-22 career record and he is already second in program history in career pins (31).
Zimmerman completed his rookie campaign with a 23-11 overall record, competing at 133 and 141 pounds. He was the 133-pound runner-up at the Ohio Northern Invitational and placed third in the 141-pound bracket in the Jim Crytzer Memorial Invitational.
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 or better. They must also have competed in at least 50 percent of the team's matches.
Washington and Lee completed the 2018-19 season with a 12-4 overall record, just one win shy of the program record and the most wins since 1985. The Generals appeared in the NWCA Division III rankings for the first time in program history, and set records for the best finish at both the Centennial Conference Championship (2nd) and the NCAA Southeast Regional (6th).