Springfield, Mass. - June 12, 2018 - The Springfield College wrestling team produced the ninth-best team grade point average among Division III wrestling programs, as the National Wrestling Coaches Association released its Top 30 Division III All-Academic teams. Additionally, Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) was named a NWCA Scholar All-America for the second-straight year.
This season, head coach Jason Holder's squad combined to produce a 3.5206 grade point average. A total of seven programs from New England were in the top 30, with the Pride having the third-best GPA among schools in the region.
Fusco was one of 189 Division III wrestlers to earn the all-academic honor as he met the requirements of having a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the previous full academic year, while to placing in the top six at theregional tournament, own a winning percentage of .500 or better, and competed in half of the institution's scheduled competition in NCAA championship events.
The Criminal Justice major had a terrific sophomore season as he made his first appearance on the national stage when he competed in the 2018 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Fusco earned a spot in the national tournament after placing in the top three at the 2018 NCAA Division III Wrestling Northeast Regional Championships on February 25 at WPI, as he was the regional runner-up at 285. The rising junior finished the season with a 30-10 record and owned a cumulative GPA of 3.576.