March 14, 2006
BALTIMORE - After successful 2005-06 seasons on the mat and in the classroom, the National Wrestling Coaches' Association (NWCA) recognized Johns Hopkins wrestlers David Kraus, Marco Priolo and Jimmy Van Daniker with selections to the Scholar All-America Team.
To be considered for the NWCA honor, wrestlers must win 67 percent of their bouts during the season, compete in 67 percent of their team's events for the season and place in the top four of their NCAA qualifying tournament. Academically, a candidate must have a 3.2 grade point average or better.
Kraus, the Centennial Conference 174-pound champion, earned NWCA honors for the third time in his career, as he received the award in 2003 and 2004. A writing major with a 3.31 cumulative GPA, Kraus finished the season with a 27-8 overall record while concluding his Hopkins career with a 65-29 record.
Priolo, the third-place finisher in the conference's 141-pound class, has earned NWCA honors for the first time in his career. The junior is majoring in natural sciences, carrying a 3.26 GPA. This season, Priolo was 22-5 overall, with three major decisions and five pins.
Van Daniker, also a third-place finisher in the Centennial Conference Championships, earned his second Scholar All-America award. The junior 133-pounder is a public health major with a 3.85 GPA. In 2005-06, Van Daniker was 13-5 overall with six pins to his credit.