Three Named First-Team NWCA All-Academic Wrestling Team;
Team Ranked 14th With 3.104 GPA
03/12/13...All-American Travis McKillop (Lower Burrell, Pa.) (184 lbs.) and National Qualifiers Dave Cawley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) (141 lbs.), and Keith Ryan (Shirleysburg, Pa.) (165 lbs.) were all named 2012-13 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II All-Academic Wrestling First-Team, including First-Team, while Glenn Winslow (Patton, Pa.) garnered Honorable Mention NWCA All-Academic Team honors. As a team, Pitt-Johnstown’s 3.104 overall GPA ranked 14th in NCAA Division II.
The 2012-2013 Division II All-Academic Wrestling Team consists of 168 student-athletes from 38 universities and colleges. Thirty-five members were named to the first team, 48 members to the second team, and 85 were named as honorable mention. Pitt-Johnstown, St. Cloud State (MN) University, and Western State (CO) College all place three members on the first team. Nine student-athletes were named to the team for the fourth time.
McKillop, a two-time All-American on the mat, has a 3.29 GPA in Biology. McKillop placed seventh at the National Tournament in 2012 as a true freshman, before posting a 33-2 overall record in 2012-13 and finishing third at nationals.
Joining McKillop on the first team are Cawley and Ryan. Cawley earned a spot in the National Tournament in 2013 and became an All-American with a seventh-place finish. Cawley has a 3.24 GPA in Business-Finance. Ryan secured the starting job at 165 lbs. as a senior in 2012-13 and reached the National Tournament, but did not place. Ryan, a two-time Honorable Mention NWCA All-Academic Wrestling Team selection, garnered first-team honors this year with a 3.14 GPA in Business.
Winslow was tabbed an Honorable Mention NWCA All-Academic Team member with a 3.16 overall GPA in Secondary Education-History.
Mercyhurst College recorded the highest team grade point average (GPA) in the 20th Annual Division II All-Academic Wrestling Team competition and has won the Academic National Championship. This is the first time Mercyhurst has achieved this honor. Ten other NCAA II schools have also won the National Championship. They include Wisconsin-Parkside, Fort Hays State (KS) University, Indianapolis, Colorado School of Mines, Truman State University, West Liberty (WV) University, Minnesota State University-Mankato, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Nebraska-Kearney, and the University of Mary. Nine of the top twenty academic teams came from the North Region, six came from the East Region, three came from the West, and two came from Midwest Regions.
The team G.P.A. is calculated by averaging the cumulative grade-point average of ten wrestlers from each team of which eight of those wrestlers must have competed in their team's NCAA II National Qualifying Tournament.
McKillop Third, Cawley Seventh at National Wrestling Tournament
03/09/13... (Results) Travis McKillop (Lower Burrell, Pa.) reached the national semifinals before placing third, while Dave Cawley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished seventh to earn All-America honors and lead the Mountain Cat wrestlers at the 2013 NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships in Birmingham, Ala. Pitt-Johnstown finished in 14th-place with 21 points, while Nebraska-Kearney claimed the team national championship with 108 points.
McKillop, ranked sixth in the country, defeated Southwest Minnesota State's Travis Peralta 11-7 in the first round, before handing Nick Peterson (Colorado-Mesa) an 8-2 loss to reach the semifinals, where he suffered a 6-4 loss to top-ranked Shamus O'Grady (St. Cloud State (MN). However, McKillop got a 16-0 technical fall over Chadron State's Jordan DeBus, before using a third period takedown and riding time to defeat third-ranked Adam Walters (Findlay), 4-2, in the third-place bout.
After suffering an opening round loss, Cawley won an 8-0 over Angel Vega (Minnesota State-Moorhead) in the first round of the consolations, before advancing to Saturday's action with a 5-2 decision over Justin Kieffer (Indianapolis). On Saturday, Cawley fell 5-3 to Grand Canyon's Michael Hamel, but rebounded to defeat Daniel Ownbey (UNC-Pembroke), 1-0, to place seventh.
Gary Lantz (174 lbs.) (Delta, Pa.) opened the tournament with an 8-4 win over Kelly Henderson (Central Oklahoma), but suffered an 8-3 loss to Patrick Martinez (Nebraska-Kearney) in the quarterfinals to fall to the second round of the consolations. In that round, Lantz was eliminated from a tournament with a 6-4 loss to Colorado State-Pueblo's Ray Hall.
Evan Link (Cresson, Pa.) (125 lbs.), Dave Fogle (Summerhill, Pa.) (133 lbs.), Keith Ryan (Shirleysburg, Pa.) (165 lbs.), and Josh Duplin (Johnstown, Pa.) (285 lbs.) were all 0-2 at the National Tournament.
Nebraska-Kearney finished in first-place with 108 points, while St. Cloud State (MN) (105 pts.), Notre Dame (OH) College (103.5 pts.), Central Oklahoma (73 pts.), and Upper Iowa (49 pts.) rounded out the top five.
McKillop Wins Title at 184 lbs. at Regional Tournament
Mountain Cats Finish Second With Seven National Qualifiers
02/23/13...Travis McKillop (Lower Burrell, Pa.) won the championship at 184 lbs. on his way to leading the Mountain Cat wrestlers to a second-place finish behind Newberry (SC) College at Saturday's 2013 NCAA Division II Super Region I Tournament at Kutztown University. Along with McKillop, six other Mountain Cats earrned spots in the National Tournament on March 8-9... (Tournament Website) ... (Results)
After cruising into the semifinals with a pin and a major decision on Friday, McKillop won a 10-3 decision over Mercyhurst's Eric Lundgren, before shutting out Newberry's Mitch Brown, 7-0, to claim the title at 184 lbs.
Evan Link (Cresson, Pa.) and Dave Cawley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) both finished as runner-ups. Link suffered a 9-7 loss to Willie Bohince (Mercyhurst) in the title bout at 125 lbs., while top-seeded Daniel Ownbye took the championship at 141 lbs. after Cawley was forced to injury default in the third period.
Dave Fogle (Summerhill, Pa.) (133 lbs.), Gary Lantz (Delta, Pa.) (174 lbs.) and Josh Duplin (Johnstown, Pa.) (285 lbs.) reached the semifinals, before finishing fourth to claim spots at nationals.
One other Mountain Cat had to win a true-fourth match to get a shot at the National Tournament. Keith Ryan (Shirleyburg, Pa.) pinned Shippensburg's Robert Scheivert in the true-fourth match at 165 lbs. to round out the seven Mountain Cats who qualified for nationals.
Jack Bachman (Greensburg, Pa.) (149 lbs.) and Nikos Garafola (Greensburg, Pa.) (197 lbs.) both lost in their true-fourth matches and placed fifth.
Joel Paolo (Weirton, WV) wrestled for Pitt-Johnstown at 157 lbs., but did not advance to Saturday's action.
Final Team Scores
|1. ||Newberry ||147.5|
|2. ||Pitt-Johnstown ||119.0|
|3. ||Mercyhurst ||85.0|
|4. ||Kutztown ||80.5|
|5. ||UNC Pembroke ||79.0|
|6. ||Shippensburg ||60.0|
|7. ||Gannon ||59.0|
|8. ||West Liberty ||58.0|
|9. ||East Stroudsburg ||55.5|
|10. ||Seton Hill ||43.5|
|11. ||Millersville ||31.5|
|12. ||Anderson ||18.0|
|13. ||Ohio Valley ||15.5|
|14. ||American International ||14.0|
The Mountain Cats close out the 2012-13 season at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on March 8-9.
Wrestlers Keep Top Spot In Regional Rankings;
Travis McKillop Stays No. 1 at 184 lbs.
02/11/13...Head Coach Pat Pecora's Mountain Cat wrestlers, winners of 13 straight dual meets, held on to the top-spot in the NCAA Division II Super Region I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday. Nine Mountain Cats are individually-ranked, including returning All-American Travis McKillop (Lower Burrell, Pa.), who is the top-ranked wrestler at 184 lbs... (Full Story)