COLUMBUS, Ohio — The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released its annual All-Academic Top-30 Teams and All-Academic squad comprised of 155 student-athletes on Thursday (April 19). Seven Buckeyes earned the honor to lead all institutions. The next closest was five individuals by five different schools. In addition, Ohio State finished 10th nationally in the team rankings.
The seven OSU academic stars include: Ke-Shawn Hayes (finance), Bo Jordan (sport industry), Micah Jordan (sport industry), Joey McKenna (operations management), Luke Pletcher (sport industry), Kyle Snyder (sport industry) and Nathan Tomasello (master’s in kinesiology). Winners needed to meet one of two sets of criteria:
-cumulative GPA of 3.2 and…
-win 60 percent of team’s total schedule or become a 2018 NCAA Qualifier
-cumulative GPA of 3.0 and…
-earn 2018 All-America honors
Each school is allowed to submit 12 student-athletes, the 10 competing in the conference tournaments and two additional wrestlers which competed in at least one varsity competition during the 2017-18 season.
The dozen Buckeyes posted the 10th-best average (3.34 GPA) in Division-I, representing the only Big Ten school inside the Top-15. Ohio State improved four slots from 2016-17 when finishing in 14th place nationally.