Aggie Wrestling Named To NWCA Top 30 Academic List; Noack Honored Individually

Dustin Noack was the lone Aggie on the NWCA All-Academic Team as he had a GPA of 3.49
Dustin Noack was the lone Aggie on the NWCA All-Academic Team as he had a GPA of 3.49

May 7, 2007

DAVIS, Calif. - It was announced Monday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) that the UC Davis wrestling team has earned a spot on their All-Academic Top 30 list with a cumulative GPA of 2.8408 while 165-pound sophomore Dustin Noack was also honored individually for his 3.49 GPA as an Animal Science major.

The Aggies, who finished the season with program-best finishes at the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA tournament, are No. 23 on the list as they own the second-highest GPA of any Pac-10 school. Duke University had the highest team GPA at 3.3861.

According to the NWCA, teams are eligible for consideration if they comprise 12 student athletes, including the 10 wrestlers that were the entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. If teams had less than 10 entries for their respective qualifier, they may fill those spots with wrestlers that competed in at least one varsity dual during the season.

Noack, who was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team in March, is the lone Aggie to earn a spot on the NWCA All-Academic Team and is just one of 57 wrestlers nationally to earn recognition. In his first full season as a starter, Noack earned an overall record of 23-10. Noack accumulated 20 wins against NCAA-countable opponents, three pins, four major decisions, 41 dual points and qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships for the first time in his collegiate career. At nationals, Noack rebounded after losing his first round match to eventual national champion Mark Perry of Iowa and reeled off three straight victories to advance to the 5th round of wrestlebacks. His 11 dual wins this season rank him eighth on the single season list.

For an individual to be eligible for the academic team, they must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total schedule ,Äì and must have competed in at least 60 percent of said schedule. The other way to qualify for the All-Academic team is have a 3.0 cumulative and been an NCAA All-American.