CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Five members of the Virginia wrestling team have been named Scholar All-America selections by the National Wrestling Coaches Association it was announced by the organization on Friday (April 29) with the release of its annual teams.
Michael Battista, Brian Courtney, Patrick McCormick, Justin McCoy and Jarod Verkleeren all received the honor by virtue of their academic performance and achievements on the mat. McCoy earned the distinction for the third straight season, while Battista and McCormick earned the honor for a second straight year.
“On behalf of the NWCA Board of Directors, It is my honor to recognize these exceptional athletes and teams,” NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer said. “Wrestling takes much focus and sacrifice and we are proud to honor these wrestlers for their obvious commitment to their academic pursuits.”
In all, 289 individuals earned the honor from 74 different institutions. The Scholar All-America list includes 188 National Qualifiers, 56 All-Americans, 13 National Finalists, and six National Champions.