Day and Marsh Collect Third NWCA Academic Honor; Wrestling Boasts Top 30 Team GPA

Day and Marsh Collect Third NWCA Academic Honor; Wrestling Boasts Top 30 Team GPA

Manheim, PA --- Senior Nick Day (Northampton, MA) and junior Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) headlined WPI's honorees with their third National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Academic Award. Junior Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT) and sophomore Brendan Marion (Norristown, PA) repeated while seniors Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) and Dan Wensley (Wakefield, MA), as well as freshman Eddie Hay (Bangor, PA) were recognized for the first time.

As a team, the Engineers ranked 22nd with a 3.515 GPA for the program's fourth consecutive top 30 showing. In terms of the individual awards, Baldwin Wallace and Ithaca led the list of honorees with eight All-Academic selections apiece, while nine other institutions, including WPI, had 7 individuals making the list.

Day returned to the scroll after going 12-7 with five pins, a technical fall and a major decision. He also placed sixth at the NCAA regional.

Marsh, the 2019 New England Champion and national qualifier at 157, posted a record of 23-6 with 10 pins, a technical fall and five major decisions.

Lind reached the quarterfinals at 174 and finished the season with a 21-10 ledger with four pins, a technical fall and four major decisions.       

Marion, who also took sixth at the NCAA regional, was 17-14 with six pins and a major decision at 165.

Curtis, a national qualifier at 197, finished third at the NCAA regional and was 24-13 with 10 pins and three major decisions.

Wensley, the fourth-place grappler at 184, was 30-4 with six pins, two technical falls and five major decisions.

Hay completed his debut campaign 19-7 with six pins, four technical falls and three major decisions at 149.

Nominees must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the previous full academic year. Transfers and freshmen are eligible if they've been in residence at their current institution beginning in the fall of 2018. On the competition side, wrestlers must be a national qualifier in 2018-19 and have a minimum win percentage of at least .500.

Additionally, wrestlers can also be considered if they placed in the top six at their respective regional tournament, a win percentage of .500 or better and competed in half of the institution's scheduled competition in NCAA championship events. A wrestler can also be considered if they have a win percentage of .670 or better and competed in half of the institution's scheduled NCAA events.

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