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PCC Wrestlers Receive Academic Award
Twelve Pratt Community College wrestlers have been named to the 2013-2014 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Academic Team. In order to receive this award, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.
The 12 athletes receiving the award are Beau Bergeron of Tifton, Ga., Kasey Crump of Pratt (pictured), Auston Finley of Nixa, Mo., Thomas Gettinger of Connersville, Ind., Austin Hughey and Bryce Morgan of El Dorado, Kan., Patrick Jones of Jamestown, N.C., Daniel Melcher of Herington, Kan., Cade Noble of Cheyenne, Wyo., Korey Pfannenstiel of Hays, Kan., Dalton Snell of Auburn, Ill. and Kyle Webster of Shirley, Ind.
“I am very proud of these individuals,” said Head Wrestling Coach Ken Kepley. “This couldn’t have been done without the help of the faculty, advisors and Student Success staff members.”
During Kepley’s tenure at PCC, the wrestling team has posted 26 Academic All-Americans. The 2012-13 team had the highest team GPA of any NJCAA wrestling team in the nation with a 3.25, and the 2013-14 season marks six consecutive semesters with a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The NWCA, which gives out the award, governs all divisions in wrestling, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, II and III, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA).
The NWCA promotes communication, recognition, achievement, recommends rules and regulations, sponsors events and serves as an educational and informational source, with emphasis on scholastic and collegiate wrestling programs. Additionally, the NWCA strives to foster the sportsmanship and integrity that are the cornerstones of athletic competition.
According to the NWCA, wrestlers have performed exceptionally well in the classroom as evidenced by the number of All-American and NCAA Champions earning National and Conference Academic accolades. Wrestling also has one of the lowest per cost student-athlete of any male sport with a large squad size which makes it an ideal sport to help increase male enrollment.