Men's Wrestling Earns All-Academic Team, Individual Honors
Caleb Malychewski and Bruce Balcita are named NWCA Division III Scholar All-Americans.
After putting together their best campaign on the mat in the last seven seasons, the Pacific men's wrestling program is being recognized for their achievements as student-athletes.
Pacific is one of 25 teams recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) as a Division III All-Academic Team.
The awards were announced as part of the NCAA Division III Championships, Mar. 15-16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The recognitions help cap a season of tremendous growth for the Boxers. Pacific improved to a 6-9 dual meet record, their best since 2005, had three 20-match winners for the first time since 2004-05 and placed three wrestlers at the NCAA West Region Championships. One of those placers, Malychewski, became Pacific's first NCAA Championships qualifier in seven years.
“My coaching staff and I could not be prouder of this group of young men and their achievements,” said Pacific Head Wrestling Coach Severin Walsh.
“This selection is a testament to their commitment to excellence in all areas of their lives. I would love to take all of the credit, but the truth is these guys need very little pressure from us to push themselves academically.”
Pacific earned selection for a 3.29 cumulative grade point average, which was figured based on the GPAs of the team's top-10 wrestlers. Pacific tied for 15th with Cortland State (N.Y.) on the list, which was topped by the 3.67 GPA of Olivet. In addition, Pacific was the only team from the Division III West Region to be so recognized.
Malychewski and Balcita earned individual academic reputation as NCWA Scholar All-Americans. To qualify, wrestlers must have placed in the top-six at their respective regional meet and attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better. Wrestlers were also eligible if they had a winning percentage of over 67 percent, but did not place in the top-six at the regional meet.
Malychewski put together the best season for a Pacific wrestler in the last seven years, finishing with a 30-10 record and finished the year ranked No. 9 in the 184-pound weight class in the NWCA Division III Individual Rankings.
After losing his first match of the year, Malychewski went on to win his next 14 matches and 20 of 22. He placed second in the 184-pound weight class at the NCAA West Regional and placed third at February's North Country Open.
Balcita showed great improvement from his sophomore year, placing fourth at the NCAA West Region at 165 pounds while finishing with a 22-13 record. The junior placed fourth at the SOU Open in November and fifth at the Clackamas Open. He also posted an 11-4 record in dual meets.
“I am extremely proud of these two men,” Walsh said. “It has been a joy to watch them grow as people, students and athletes. They totally embody what we are looking for in student-athletes. They have prioritized their lives and are truly what Division III athletics are all about.”
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