April 27, 2012
BALTIMORE, MD - Fresh off one of the greatest seasons in school history, the Johns Hopkins wrestling team recently added additional honors to its list of impressive achievements during the 2011-12 season as four member of the team have been 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 41 since 1984.
In addition to the individual achievements, and based largely on the Blue Jays' stunning run to the 2012 Centennial Conference Championship and top 30 finish at the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships, Johns Hopkins has been selected to compete in the prestigious NWCA National Duals during the 2012-13 season. The National Duals, which will be held January 12-13, 2013 at the Prairie Capital Center in Springfield, Ill., will feature 16 teams, including nine of the top 12 finishers from last month's NCAA Championships.
Johns Hopkins' four selections to the 2011-12 NWCA Scholar All-America Team - Duncan Crystal (Melrose, MA/Phillips Academy), Matt Fusaro (Huntington, NY/John Glenn), Henry Stauber (Waccabuc, NY/John Jay) and Ray Yagloski (Tunkhannock, PA/Tunkhannock) - all recently completed highly successful sophomore seasons for the Blue Jays and capped their seasons with selections to the team.
Crystal posted a 19-7 record during the 2011-12 season, including a 19-6 mark at 141 pounds. He placed at three different tournaments during the season with a second-place finish at the Waynesburg Invitational and a third-place showing at the Red Dragon Invitational highlighting his season. He boasts a 3.62 cumulative GPA and is majoring in International Studies/East Asian Studies.
Fusaro, who carries a 3.29 cumulative GPA, was the 157-pound Centennial Conference Champion and earned a selection to the NCAA Division III Championships. He finished the season with a 25-9 record and also won his weight class at the prestigious Petrofes Tournament early in the season.
Yagloski posted a 15-7 record while splitting time between 125 and 133 pounds. He earned a fourth-place finish at the Petrofes Tournament and was a perfect 4-0 in Centennial Conference dual meets before missing the conference championships after suffering a late-season injury. He is majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and has a 3.48 cumulative GPA.
Hopkins will be making its second appearance the NWCA National Duals as the Blue Jays were previously selected during the 2007-08 season. The draw for the meet will be announced at a later date.
Below is an alphabetical listing of teams selected to compete. In parenthesis is their placing at the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships.
Augsburg (2), Centenary (21), Coe (3), Cortland (10), Dubuque (T47), Elmhurst (7), Ithaca (5), Johns Hopkins (27), Johnson and Wales (did not place), Luther (33), Olivet (31), Springfield (16), Wartburg (1), Wesleyan (29), Wisconsin LaCrosse (4), Wisconsin Whitewater (8).
Johns Hopkins won the first Centennial Conference Championship in school history in 2012 and will return all five of its individual conference champions and nine of 10 starters. In addition to competing in the National Duals, Johns Hopkins will host the 2013 Centennial Conference Championships.
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