The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced the 2011 NAIA/National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-American Team. A total of 44 NAIA wrestlers were recognized for both their academic and athletic achievement during the 2010-11 season. Concordia’s Travis Patrick and Alex Rostvet were named to the team.
Travis Patrick (Castle Rock, Wash.) posted an 18-20 record as a freshman at 133 pounds. Patrick won the York College Open in January. He defeated the #3, #2 and #1 seeded wrestlers in the tournament to earn championship honors and qualify for the NAIA National Championships. Patrick went 1-2 in the NAIA National Championships, defeating Caleb Perkins of the University of the Cumberland’s by major decision 16-5. Patrick has a 3.42 grade point average and is majoring in Exercise Science.
Sophomore Alex Rostvet (Hastings, Neb.) wrestled to an 18-14 record at 141 pounds. Rostvet placed 4th in the Yellowjacket Open and 3rd in the GPAC championships to earn All-Conference honorable mention honors. Rostvet, a two-year starter at 141 pounds, is majoring in Secondary Education and has a 3.39 grade point average.
“The NWCA Academic All-American Team is an award that honors both on the mat accomplishment and classroom achievement,” noted head coach Doug Reese. “That is not true with some other collegiate academic teams. This is why we look upon the NWCA Academic All-American Team in such high regard."
"Both Patrick and Rostvet are “All-American” student-athletes who have earned this award because of their work-ethic and personal character. We are excited that they are our first wrestlers to earn this distinction,” added Reese.
The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a professional organization dedicated to serve and provide leadership for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on scholastic and collegiate wrestling programs. The membership embraces all people who are interested in amateur wrestling.