Maryville University Wrestling Wins NWCA DII All-Academic National Championship

“We are extremely proud of our Maryville Wrestling team on an outstanding academic year as they won the NWCA DII All-Academic Team National Championship!” stated Coach Denney.

MissouriWrestling.com Content Producer
April 24, 2018

ST. LOUIS (April 19, 2018) – The Maryville University Saints Wrestling team led by legendary head coach, Michael Denney, won the 2017-18 NWCA DII All-Academic National Championship with a combined 3.4532 grade point average (GPA).

For a student-athlete to be nominated to the NWCA DII All-American Academic Team, he must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The athlete must have competed in a minimum of six dates of competitions. The 15 Maryville wrestlers earning NWCA DII Academic All-American honors were: John Anderson (174), Tyler Harrington (174), Bailey Kelly (184), Tyler Kreith (125), James Krischke (149), Taylor Jokerst (133), Nick McGhee (165), Michael Peters (149), Logan Radik (285), Will Roark (141), Ethan Sherertz(285), Jaret Singh (125), Derrick Swaney (157), Mladen Vasilev (174) and Alex Waggoner (133). With more than 300 individuals and 51 teams represented, it was the largest collective group of Division II athletes and teams to ever be named to the team. Maryville has 30 wrestlers on the roster and to have 50% of the wrestling roster named to the NWCA DII Academic All-American team is a great accomplishment.

“We are extremely proud of our Maryville Wrestling team on an outstanding academic year as they won the NWCA DII All-Academic Team National Championship!” stated Coach Denney. “15 of our 30 Maryville Wrestlers earned NWCA All-Academic Individual honors, while 20 of them made the Maryville University Dean’s list. Maryville has very high academic standards and our wresters are committed to being great in the classroom.”

Next year the Saints return 12 of the 15 wrestlers recognized on the NWCA All-Academic Team. The first meet of the 2018-19 season will be the Kaufman/Brand/Bayly Open. To follow the Maryville University Wrestling team: http://www.maryvillesaints.com/index.aspx?path=wrestling&

Top 20 All-Academic Teams

Rank Institution Team GPA
1 Maryville University 3.4532
2 Colorado School of Mines 3.4384
3 Limestone College 3.3422
4 University of Indianapolis 3.2921
5 Coker College 3.2855
6 Belmont Abbey 3.2342
7 Findlay 3.1817
8 Lindenwood 3.1531
9 Minnesota State-Mankato 3.1469
10 East Stroudsburg 3.1332
11 Newman 3.1254
12 LIU Post 3.1191
13 Northern State 3.1034
14 Western State Colorado 3.0976
15 Drury 3.0918
16 Mary 3.0828
17 California Baptist 3.0776
18 Central Missouri 3.0766
19 Mercyhurst 3.0651
20 Colorado Mesa 3.0644


Maryville University NWCA Academic All-Americans

Kreith, Tyler Maryville Fr 125 Finance
Singh, Jaret Maryville Sr 125 Business Administration
Jokerst, Taylor Maryville RSFr 133 Biochemistry
Waggoner, Alex Maryville So 133 Exercise Science
Roark, Will Maryville So 141 Education
Krischke, James Maryville Sr 149 Business Administration
Peters, Michael Maryville RSFr 149 Exercise Science
Swaney, Derrick Maryville Sr 157 Business & Finance
McGhee, Nick Maryville So 165 Biomedical Sciences
Anderson, John Maryville RSFr 174 Exercise Science
Harrington, Tyler Maryville So 174 Mathematics & Education
Vasilev, Mladen Maryville RSFr 174 Cyber Security
Kelly, Bailey Maryville RSFr 184 Education
Radik, Logan Maryville RSFr 285 Undeclared
Sherertz, Ethan Maryville Jr 285 Education