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Six Spartan wrestlers and York team recognized for academic achievement by NWCA

March 12, 2018

The York College wrestling squad received outstanding news at the 2018 NCAA Division III NCAA National Championship tournament in Cleveland as six Spartans earned NWCA All-Academic honors while the team finished 22nd overall as the annual academic awards were announced by the organization. The Spartan team GPA was 3.4460 and covers the spring and fall semesters of 2017.

Head coach Duane Bastress took six national qualifiers to Cleveland and five of those wrestlers earned the individual academic honor. Seniors Hasan Alic and David Keith, juniors Greg WarnerFrankie Krauss, and Joe Sindoni, and freshman Eric Hutchinson each earned the academic accolade.

In addition to the performance in the classroom, the Spartans finished the regular season with a dual meet record of 12-2, finished second of the 18 team Southeast Regional, and took a school-record tying six qualifiers to the national tournament. The Spartans entered the tournament ranked 14th in the country.

Bastress was pleased with the performance of his team both on and off the mat this year.

"I am extremely proud of Greg, Hutch, David, Joe, Frankie and Hasan for becoming All-Academic honorees," said Bastress. "One of our goals for our student-athletes is to earn a spot on the NWCA All-Academic team. Setting a new school record with six guys making that list shows the dedication our guys have to be outstanding both on the mat and in the classroom."

Nominees must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the previous full academic year. Transfers and freshmen are eligible if they've been in residence at their current institution beginning in the fall of 2016. On the competition side, wrestlers much be a national qualifier in 2016-17 and have a minimum win percentage of at least .500.

Additionally, wrestlers can also be considered if they placed in the top six at their respective regional tournament, a win percentage of .500 or better and competed in half of the institution's scheduled competition in NCAA championship events. A wrestler can also be considered if they have a win percentage of .670 or better and competed in half of the institution's scheduled NCAA events.

Warner finished the campaign with a runner-up finish at 149-pounds for the Spartans. He is a sport management major and earned his way onto the All-Academic squad with a 3.2 GPA in his last two consecutive semesters. Warner finished with an overall record of 32-4 as he now has 94 career wins for York.

Alic advanced to the national tournament after finishing third at the Southeast Regional at 197 pounds. Alic went 1-2 at nationals and finished his senior year with a mark of 22-13. Alic is a sociology major and has a cumulative GPA of 3.21. Keith finished his senior year with a record of 16-5 at 165 pounds. He owns a 3.72 cumulative GPA while he has had perfect 4.0 GPAs in the last two semesters. Keith is a secondary education-mathematics major at YCP.

Krauss had a huge year for the Spartans as he earned a berth in the national championship tournament after finishing third at the Southeast Regional at 184 pounds. Krauss went 1-2 at nationals as he finished the campaign with a fantastic record of 31-7. Krauss is a sport management major and boasts a cumulative GPA of 3.74 including a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring of 2017. Sindoni earned his first berth at nationals with a third-place finish at the regional tournament at 174 pounds. Sindoni went 2-2 at nationals as he was one win away from earning All-American honors. Sindoni is an intelligence analysis major and owns an overall GPA of 3.52.

Hutchinson made a significant impact on the Spartan lineup in his first year. He finished second at 157 pounds at the regionals to earn a berth at the national tournament. He went 0-2 at the championships but gained valuable experience in his first trip to the big tournament. He went 19-11 overall for the season. Hutchinson is undecided in his major at YCP and earned a 3.2 GPA in his first collegiate semester.

Bastress welcomes back four of his six academic honorees and five of the six national qualifiers for the 2018-19 season.  

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