The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) has announced the recipients of the 2018-19 NWCA Division III All-Academic Team. Luther College senior Connor Murphy (Tiffin, Iowa/Clear Creek Amana) and junior Keenan Feldpausch (Eldridge, Iowa/North Scott) were named to this year's team. This is the second time in as many years Murphy has been so honored and the first time for Feldpausch.
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 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, 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.
Murphy placed sixth at the NCAA III Lower Midwest Regional and finished the season with a record of 17-13 and a career mark of 85-65. Feldpausch, who missed the majority of the year due to an injury, had a record of 14-3, increasing his career total to 64-30.
With this announcement, Luther wrestlers have earned the NWCA Division III All-Academic Team award 64 times dating back to 1985.