MANHEIM, Pa. -- Old Dominion wrestlers Jack Dechow and Kevin Beazley were named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Academic Team and the Monarchs recorded the 22nd-highest team GPA in Division I wrestling, as was announced by the NWCA Tuesday.
"We are very happy with the academic performance of our student-athletes this year," head coach Steve Martin said. "Our team has achieved a cumulative GPA in the top 15 in the country for four of the last seven years, and this year we were ahead of some great programs like Princeton, Columbia and Northwestern. It is our primary goal when we recruit student-athletes to get them to achieve their goals academically, graduate with a degree and set themselves up for success in their future careers."
As a team, the Monarchs posted a cumulative GPA of 3.192, which was the 22nd-highest of all DI wrestling programs. ODU is one of five MAC teams included in the top 30 and is the only program from the state of Virginia that cracked the list.
Individually, Jack Dechow and Kevin Beazley are repeat honorees on the NWCA All-Academic Team, as Dechow earned the honor for the first time last season while Beazley was an All-Academic Team member during the 2014-15 season.
Dechow, who holds a 3.25 cumulative GPA as a communication major, qualified for his fourth NCAA Championship last month, going 2-2 and falling just one win shy of reclaiming All-American status for a second time. The Richmond, Illinois native wrapped up his decorated Monarch career as an All-American, four-time NCAA qualifier, three-time MAC Champion, Midlands champion, MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete and now a two-time NWCA All-Academic Team honoree. He leaves ODU as the 11th all-time winningest wrestler in program history, compiling a record of 110-19.
Beazley, who maintains a 3.37 GPA in sport management, claimed All-American honors last month with his eighth-place finish at the 2017 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships in St. Louis at 197 lbs. The Howell, Michigan native concluded his redshirt junior campaign with a 25-8 record, All-American honors, a MAC runner-up finish and MAC All-Academic Team honors. He is also now a two-time NWCA All-Academic Team member.
"We would like to thank all of our academic support staff, led by Ragean Hill, for providing us with the resources necessary for our student-athletes to succeed," Martin continued. "She has done a great job of creating an environment conducive to academic success. We would also like to thank our team advisor Kristin Eden, who does a tremendous job working with our guys. She is like a mother figure for them and keeps them on the right track academically."
The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a professional organization dedicated to supporting and elevating the sport of amateur wrestling. NWCA provides leadership and guidance primarily to scholastic and collegiate wrestling programs, but is an advocate to all levels of wrestling. The NWCA promotes communication, recognizes achievement, recommends rules and regulations, sponsors events and serves as a resource for education and information pertaining to the sport of wrestling. Additionally, The NWCA strives to foster the sportsmanship and integrity that are the cornerstones of any competitive sport. For more information, visit www.nwcaonline.com.
ODU Wrestling Team GPA Rankings History
2017: #22 2016: NR 2015: #14 2014: #2 2013: #8 2012: NR 2011: #5