The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team has won the academic national title for the 2006-2007 season, as announced recently by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). The Spartans had the highest grade-point average (3.58) of any of the 96 schools that sponsor NCAA Division III wrestling.
"It is always great to get wrestling All-Americans, but this achievement is more special because it is a team award," said head coach Bob Del Rosa, who just completed his 45th season in University Circle. "It is a pleasure to have a group of people who are determined to work hard in the classroom. It makes me extremely proud of everyone on the team. To get a great education is what they are here for."
Six Spartans achieved Academic All-America status (3.2 GPA or better). The wrestlers who earned the distinction have a variety of majors and future career interests.
Sophomore 141-pound wrestler David Manoogian is majoring in political science. He plans to attend law school after graduation. Sophomore 149-pounder Drew Gardella is a biology and cognitive science double major who plans to go on to graduate school. He hopes to eventually do research in his major. Senior 157-pound athlete and biomedical engineering major Russ Tischer is a three-time Academic All-American who is currently a candidate for several positions. Junior 174-pounder Nate Klingensmith, a biology major, plans to attend medical school. Thomas Sanders, a 197-pound senior, is a physics and engineering major who has already been accepted into doctoral programs at both Rice University and Northwestern University. Sophomore heavyweight Bob Gavlak is a two-time Academic All-American majoring in business with a concentration in finance. Gavlak plans to attend graduate school with a goal of working in the statistical and mathematical aspects of finance.
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