WORCESTER --- WPI wrestler Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) was honored as an At-Large Academic All-America as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It is the third Academic All-American accolade all-time for the wrestling program and first for head coach Matt Oney. The recent graduate was named to the third team.
The at-large category for men's sports includes Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Water Polo and Wrestling. Marsh is only one of five grapples nationwide of the 45 men to earn Academic All-America status.
Marsh is WPI's wrestling's first CoSIDA Academic All-America in 26 years and joins John Roy (1992-93) and Joseph Laskowski (1993-94) as Crimson and Gray recipients.
Wednesday was a significant day for WPI as Marsh and women's rower Christine Hovermale (Alameda, CA) became the 53rd and 54th different Engineers to be named Co-SIDA Academic All-Americas for the 79th and 80th different occasions. The duo joins women's soccer's Mandy St. Germain (Upton, MA), football's Lou Duh (Monroe, CT) and softball's Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY) as earning the honor during the 2019-2020 academic year.
The 165-pounder posted a 29-5 record this season after a third place performance at the Northeast Regional on February 29th and March 1st. Marsh was undefeated in NEWA dual meets this season and closed out his career as four-time Scholar All-American and four-time Northeast Regional placer (4th, 2nd, 1st, 3rd). He was named am NCAA Division III third team All-America by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).
Marsh boasts a 3.93 cumulative GPA, with a 4.00 GPA for his last four semesters, while majoring in mechanical engineering. The senior was a two-time NEWA Scholar Athlete of the Year and was a Charles O. Thompson Scholar and member of Zeta Psi fraternity. Marsh's IQP project "Construction in the Year 2030" identified and investigated innovation and advancement.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his current institution, must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable), completed one full calendar year at his current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.