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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia’s Joe Spisak (So., Boiling Springs, Pa.) has been named to the 2010-11 Division I NWCA All-Academic True Freshman Team, announced Monday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Spisak is one of five wrestlers nationally to earn the distinction.

In order to be selected, each individual must have completed two full semesters at his institution along with meeting particular GPA and competition marks. Spisak was joined on the team by Devin Carter (Virginia Tech), Daniel Scherer (Stanford), Tyler Small (Kent State) and Alan Waters (Missouri).

“These student-athletes are in a huge transitional year as they work to adapt to college life,” NWCA President Brian Smith said. “Being able to see their success at this stage both academically and athletically is quite the accomplishment. We look forward to seeing many more great things from these student-athletes in the future.”

As a true freshman last season, Spisak earned a 3.49 grade point average. He was a standout on the mat as well, finishing as the ACC runner-up at 133 pounds and earning a bid to the NCAA Championships.

Spisak finished his rookie campaign with a 23-16 record with eight falls, four technical falls and a major decision.

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