May 21, 2013

The Citadel Wrestling Team Places 12th in NWCA’s All-Academic Team Rankings; Frisch Earns Spot on All-Academic Squad

Manheim, Pa. – The Citadel wrestling program added two more credits to its historic 2012-13 season on Tuesday when the team was honored for its academic achievements by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

The Bulldogs placed 12th in the nation as a team among all Division I programs while NCAA qualifier Matt Frisch earned a spot on the All-Academic squad.

The 12th-place ranking academically and 20th-place finish in the national tournament were the highest in school history and were both tops among Southern Conference schools. The Bulldogs carried a team grade point average of 3.127 for the 2012-13 academic year.

"Earning 12th in the nation academically is a great honor for the program and is an outstanding representation of how our program is competitive both on the mats and in the classroom," said head coach Rob Hjerling. "This truly shows that the program properly embraces the concept of a student-athlete."

The team GPA was determined using a system that includes 12 student-athletes from each program.  A total of 10 of these came from the wrestlers that were entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier.  If teams had less than 10 entries for their respective qualifier, they were allowed to fill those spots with wrestlers that competed in at least one varsity dual during the season.

Frisch claimed his spot on the NWCA Academic All-American team after a redshirt freshman season which saw him accumulate a 30-15 record en route to capturing the SoCon title in the 157-pound division to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championship. Frisch closed out the spring semester with cumulative GPA of 3.25 in business administration.

"This is an outstanding honor for Matt and we know that this is just one of the many accomplishments he will accumulate in his long career," said Hjerling.

Frisch was one of three Bulldogs to qualify for nationals, a group that included Ugi Khishignyam and Odie Delaney, who finished fourth and seventh, respectively, to become the school's second and third All-Americans in program history.

On this year's Individual All-Academic Team there are 82 total athletes, four NCAA Champions, four NCAA Runner-Ups, 21 All-Americans and 72 NCAA qualifiers.

"The NWCA All-Academic Team and Individual Team is one of the best acknowledgements that we can give to our coaches and athletes at the end of a physically grueling season" said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "These young men have proved that they are not only talented competitors but are leaders in the classroom as well."

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