Home Roster Schedule/Results Photos Location Links Message Board Forms/Contact NewsAlumni/Fan
Current News
 

 

UCF Crowns 8 Academic All-Americans!

06/30/2014
www.ncwa.net

The NCWA, in conjunction with the National Wrestling Coaches Association, recognized 135 wrestlers as members of its All-Academic Team, honoring them as its top student-athletes for the 2013-14 season. This season’s NCWA All-Academic Team consists of scholars from 54 different schools from the combined Division I and Division II ranks. The women’s division honored five student-athletes.

The national coaches association sponsors the NCWA’s academic awards as well as those for the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. 

“We congratulate these fine student-athletes and salute their achievements in the classroom and on the mat,” NCWA executive director Jim Giunta said. “We recognize that these are our future leaders and hold them in high regard. Just like practice leads to success on the mat, it is the extra time these students have spent studying outside the classroom that has led to their inclusion on this list.”

Brigham Young led the NCWA with 10 members on the All-Academic Team, followed by Central Florida (8) and The Apprentice School (7). Nine schools had at least four members of the team, including MIT (6); Georgia, South Florida and Yale (5 each) and Florida and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (4). There were 18 schools with at least three All-Academic members, and two-thirds of the schools represented (36 of 54) had at least two wrestlers on the team.

The complete list of honorees is below, alphabetized by the name of their school, with their class and coach.

Central Florida -- Nick Anthony, So.; Nick Brady, Jr.; Evan Dipsiner, So.; Christian Grillo, Jr.; Santiago Martinez, Sr.; Michael Seymour, So.; Garrett Sweringen, Jr.; Tyrell Walker, Sr.; Coach: J. D. Robbins

Knights Capture Success at NCWA National Tournament

The 2013-2014 NCWA National Championship Tournament in Allen, Texas summed up a fantastic year for the UCF team. Taking 4th overall, UCF triumphed over 84 teams that qualified for the national tournament. Out of 11 weight classes with 64 wrestlers in each bracket battling for a national championship, UCF qualified 13 wrestlers and claimed 4 top 6 finishes, making those wrestlers All-Americans.

Sophomore Nick Anthony the 133 lb. wrestler placed 5th defeating Bryan Mongiello from Alfred State pinning him in the second period. Nick ended the three-day tournament with a 4-2 record and 3 pins. Senior Captain Josh Woods the returning 3X All American at 235 lbs. achieved his 4X All American status by overcoming Victor Irwin of Eastern Maine State. Woods placed 3rd with a 10-5 decision over Parm Dehsi of Douglas Canada. Capturing 2nd at 197 lbs., Senior Tyrell Walker lost a nail-biting match to Paul Ardila of Georgia State.

Senior captain Santiago Martinez finished up his spectacular career becoming a 3x All-American. After transferring from Lindinwood St. Charles in Missouri, a Prominent NAIA School, Martinez took second his first year with the Knights. Santiago then followed that with 2 national Champion titles placing him in an elite group of individuals. That finish not only earned him the respect of the rest of the league but the attention from Ivy League Division I, Lehigh, where he will be attending graduate school on a full ride scholarship while he attempts to win his 3rd national title.

Other Honorable mentions include Senior Chris Fox 2x National qualifier, and Junior Sean Mann a 2x National Qualifier. Both were just one round from being All-Americans. Other qualifiers include Evan Dipsiner, Brandon Williams, Andrew Doobay, Austin Bailey, Michael Seymour, and Davin Morris all made a showing at the national tournament in Allen, TX.

UCF 4x NCWA All-Americans:
Tom Lawlor -  NCWA's first 3x National Champion (3rd Place Freshman Year)
Todd Hauser
David Miller
Paul Rothenberg
Steve DeAugustino
Richard Rippy
Josh Woods

Dual Meet Record since 2001 NCWA team revival: 155-48
8 SE Conference Titles
3 National Titles
80 Individual All-American Finishes
11 Individual National Champion Finishes

Team Finishes:
2002 - 8th Place
2003 - 4th Place
2004 - 1st Place
2005 - 1st Place
2006 - 4th Place
 2007 - 2nd Place 
2008 - 3rd Place
2009 - 5th Place
2010 - 1st Place
2011 - 3rd Place
2012 - 8th Place
2013 - 6th Place
2014 - 4th Place

2002:
Jeff Ruberg - 4th @ 165 lbs.
Todd Hauser - 6th @ 184 lbs.
Tom Lawlor - 3rd @ 235 lbs.

2003:
Jeff Ruberg - 2nd @ 157 lbs.
David Miller - 3rd @ 125 lbs.
Raun Jessee - 1st @ 165 lbs.
Jason Ruberg - 3rd @ 184 lbs.
Todd Hauser - 4th @ 184 lbs.
Tom Lawlor - 1st @235 lbs.

2004:
David Miller - 2nd @ 125 lbs.
Paul Rothenberg - 3rd @ 133 lbs.
Jason Balma - 5th @ 149 lbs.
Jayson Patino - 5th @ 157 lbs.
Brian Guider - 6th @ 157 lbs.
Jeff Ruberg - 2nd @ 165 lbs.
Raun Jessee - 2nd @ 174 lbs.
Jason Ruberg - 1st @ 184 lbs.
Todd Hauser - 1st @ 197 lbs.
Danny Fernandez - 2nd @ 197 lbs.
Tom Lawlor 1st @ 235 lbs.

2005:
David Miller - 2nd @ 125 lbs.
Paul Rothenberg - 5th @ 133 lbs.
Matt Bohren - 5th @ 141 lbs.
Jason Balma - 4th @ 149 lbs.
Jayson Patino - 4th @ 165 lbs.
Danny Fernandez - 3rd @ 184 lbs.
Jimmy Myers - 4th @ 184 lbs.
Todd Hauser - 1st @ 197 lbs.
Tom Lawlor - 1st @ 235 lbs.
Jarren Williams - 1st @ 285 lbs.

2006:
David Miller - 4th @ 133 lbs.
Paul Rothenberg - 4th @ 141 lbs.
Rob McCarty - 6th @ 149 lbs.
Zach Sanford - 4th @ 174 lbs.
Jimmy Myers - 4th @ 184 lbs.

2007:
Federico Carosio - 2nd @ 125 lbs.
Matt Bohren - 6th @ 133 lbs.
Paul Rothenberg - 2nd @ 141 lbs.
Rob McCarty - 2nd @ 149 lbs.
Zach Sanford - 2nd @ 174 lbs.
Mat Stwan - 6th @ 184 lbs.
Jimmy Myers - 7th @ 197 lbs.
Brian Pierson - 7th @ 235 lbs.
Jesse Pinson - 2nd @ 285 lbs.

2008:
Steve DeAugustino - 7th @ 133 lbs.
Matt Bohren - 3rd @ 141 lbs.
Rob McCarty - 5th @ 149 lbs.
Devon Jackson - 8th @ 165 lbs.
Zach Sanford - 3rd @ 184 lbs.
Richard Rippy - 4th @ 184 lbs.
Danny Fernandez - 2nd @ 197 lbs.
Jesse Pinson - 4th @ 285 lbs.

2009:
Frito Cherenfant - 3rd @ 125 lbs.
Steve DeAugustino - 3rd @ 133 lbs.
Ryan Witzel - 6th @ 157 lbs.
Christopher Hauser - 6th @ 174 lbs.
Richard Rippy - 2nd @ 184 lbs.

2010:
Alex Chiricosta - 4th @ 125 lbs.
Steve DeAugustino - 4th @ 133 lbs.
TJ Gillin - 8th @ 149 lbs.
CJ Hauser - 3rd @ 174 lbs.
Zumarr Archer - 7th @ 184 lbs.
Richard Rippy - 3rd @ 197 lbs.
Michael Dominguez - 4th @ 235 lbs.
Daniel Rowe - 4th @ 285 lbs.

2011:
Alex Chiricosta - 5th @ 125 lbs.
Steve DeAugustino - 2nd @ 133 lbs.
TJ Gillin - 5th @ 149 lbs.
Richard Rippy - 2nd @ 197 lbs.
Josh Woods - 1st @ 235 lbs.

2012:
Alex Chiricosta - 4th @ 125 lbs.
Santiago Martinez - 2nd @ 157 lbs.
Josh Woods - 2nd @ 235 lbs

2013:
Matt Vaughn - 2nd @ 149 lbs.
Santiago Martinez - 1st @ 157 lbs.
Josh Woods - 4th @ 235 lbs.

2014:
Nick Anthony - 5th @ 133 lbs.
Santiago Martinez - 1st @ 157 lbs.
Tyrell Walker - 2nd @ 197 lbs.
Josh Woods - 3rd @ 235 lbs.