The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) has announced the recipients of the 2017-18 NWCA Division III All-Academic Team. Luther College junior Connor Murphy (Tiffin, Iowa/Clear Creek Amana) and senior Billy Poray (Plains, Penn./James M. Coughlin) were two of 189 student-athletes named to this year's team.
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 2016. On the competition side, wrestlers must be a national qualifier in 2016-17 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, have 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.
With this announcement, Luther wrestlers have earned the NWCA Division III All-Academic Team award 62 times dating back to 1985.