CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Three members of the Virginia wrestling team have been named Scholar All-America selections by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) with redshirt juniors Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.) and Louie Hayes (Orland Park, Ill.), and redshirt freshman Justin McCoy (New Paris, Pa.) earning the distinction.
The trio of Cavaliers are part of a group of 183 wrestlers from 66 different schools to earn the distinction. It is the second time Hayes has been named to the team, while Aiello and McCoy are earning the honor for the first time. Hayes was also named a Scholar All-America following the 2018 season.
“On behalf of the NWCA and our Board of Directors, we are ecstatic to honor the amazing academic achievement demonstrated by this year’s Scholar All-American teams and individuals,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “NCAA Division I institutions continue to demonstrate their commitment to academics.”
Aiello is completing a degree in Economics, while Hayes is completing a degree in Media Studies and has recently been accepted to a masters program in the McIntire School of Commerce. McCoy is working on a degree in Kinesiology. All three wrestlers were NCAA qualifiers this season, while Aiello claimed the ACC Championship at 197 pounds.