Four From JHU Land NWCA Scholar All-America Honors
March 18, 2014
BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins wrestling team added to its already impressive list of accomplishments for the 2013-14 season today as four members of the squad were named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-America Team. The four selections push Johns Hopkins' total number of NWCA Scholar All-Americans to 49 since 1984.
The NWCA Scholar All-America Team includes only wrestlers who carry a GPA of at least 3.20 (cumulative or last academic year) and meet one of the three criteria: qualify for the NCAA Championships, place in top six at the NCAA qualifier, or win more than 66 percent of matches and wrestle in 50 percent of scheduled dates.
In addition to the individual awards, Johns Hopkins had the 12th-highest team GPA nationally among Division III wrestling teams in the NWCA's Team Scholar Award program. Johns Hopkins counted a 3.409 GPA to earn its 12th-place finish and was one of just five Division III wrestling teams in the nation with a team GPA above 3.4 that also placed in the top 25 at the 2014 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.
Criteria for the Team award is cumulative grade point average of 10 wrestlers, of which at least six must have competed at the NCAA Regional Championships this year. The 10 GPAs are then averaged.
Johns Hopkins' four selections to the 2013-14 NWCA Scholar All-America Team include Duncan Crystal (Melrose, MA/Phillips Academy), Christian Salera (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township), Henry Stauber (Waccabuc, NY/John Jay) and Ray Yagloski (Tunkhannock, PA/Tunkhannock). Crystal, Stauber and Yagloski are all seniors, while Salera is a junior.
Crystal will graduate in May with a degree in International Studies and carries a 3.57 cumulative GPA. He posted a 21-8 record this season to boost his career mark to 63-30. Wrestling at 149, he placed third at the Centennial Conference Championships and added a third-place showing at the Brockport Invitational as well. This is the second selection to the Scholar All-America Team for Crystal, who previously earned a spot on the team as a sophomore.
Salera is making his first appearance on the team and boasts a 3.62 cumulative GPA while majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Salera posted a 19-19 record this season and came on strong at the end of the year. JHU's starter at 157, he won eight of his final 12 matches of the season and placed second at the Centennial Conference Championships and sixth at the NCAA East Regional Championships.
Stauber closed out his career by earning All-America honors with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships last weekend. The sixth-place showing is the second-best in school history and he finished the season with a 26-13 record and a second Centennial Conference title to his credit. After starting the season at 149, he moved down to 141 after the semester break and posted a 17-5 record at that weight with the Centennial title, runner-up finish at the NCAA East Regional Championships and sixth-place showing at the NCAAs. This is Stauber's third selection to the Scholar All-America Team and he will graduate with a degree in Global Environmental Change. He currently has a 3.32 cumulative GPA and capped his career with an 81-47 record.
Yagloski is also making his third appearance on the Scholar All-America Team and counts a 3.37 cumulative GPA as a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major. Wrestling at 133, he enjoyed the finest season of his career this year as he posted a 32-11 record, finished as the Centennial Conference runner-up and placed in the top four at six different tournaments with a first-place showing at the Brockport Invitational. He concluded his career with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA East Regional Championships and a 93-50 record. His 93 wins are the third-most in school history and his 32 wins this season are also the third-highest total in program history.
Johns Hopkins posted a 10-5 record, tied for third at the Centennial Conference Championships, finished eighth at the NCAA East Regional Championships and tied for 22nd at the NCAA Championships under the guidance of head coach Keith Norris. Seven starters are due to return for the Blue Jays next season, including Salera and All-American Paul Bewak (125).
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