Spartans Earn Division III Wrestling Coaches’ Association Scholar Team Award

Head Coach Mark Hawald (photo by Lynne Browske)
Head Coach Mark Hawald (photo by Lynne Browske)

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Led by first-year Head Coach Mark Hawald, the Case Western Reserve University Spartans have earned the Division III Wrestling Coaches' Association Scholar Team Award with a grade point average of 3.25 for the 2012-13 season.

Of the 12 grapplers on the roster, nine maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Overall, the Spartans ranked 19th in Division III this season in team GPA.

The Spartans won a pair of dual matches this winter to snap a losing streak that dated back to February of 2010. Freshman 125-pounder Josh Hall (Galloway, Ohio/Bishop Ready) and graduate student heavyweight Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) each won University Athletic Association titles in their respective weight classes, while Hall placed fourth at the NCAA Mideast Regional.

For the season, Hall was a team-best 18-11 with six pins and one technical fall.

The Spartan wrestling program has a long history of success both on the mat and in the classroom. Overall, Case Western Reserve has produced 19 All-Americans, four NCAA National Champions and 36 NWCA Scholar All-Americans. The program has also ranked in the top-10 in the nation for team grade point average four times, including posting the No. 1 ranking in Division III in 2007.