Led by juniors Isaac Collier and Alec Hoover, the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team has earned the National Wrestling Coaches' Association Division III Scholar Team Award with the nation's 11th-best grade point average.
With a team GPA of 3.611, the Spartans have earned the award for the third straight season.
Collier and Alec Hoover earned individual honors by surpassing the minimum GPA (3.2). On the competition side, wrestlers must have either been a NCAA qualifier with a winning record, finished as a regional place winner (top 8) with a winning record and appeared in at least half of a team's scheduled events, or won at least two-thirds of matches and appeared in at least half of a team's scheduled events.
A chemical engineering major, Collier was 26-13 at 165 pounds and also earned a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional Championships. Alec Hoover, an economics and math double major, was 27-10 overall on the season and finished eighth in the 133-pound weight class at Regionals.
The Spartans finished the 2018-19 season with four dual match victories, including a win against then 17th-ranked New York University at the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.
CWRU's wrestling program has had 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 44 NWCA Scholar All-Americans. The program has also ranked in the top-10 in the nation for team grade point average seven times with the No. 1 ranking in Division III in 2007 and 2017.