By: Jake Krier, UWEC Sports Information
MANHEIM, Pa. (blugolds.com) - The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released its Top 30 Division III All-Academic teams and the top 189 All-Academic individuals on Tuesday. Among those being named to the 2017-18 NWCA Division III All-Academic Team was the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team's Seth Vosters (So.-Freedom, WI).
Vosters is set to compete in this weekend's NCAA Division III Championships in Cleveland, Ohio after a very successful first season with the Blugolds. The sophomore has recorded an overall record of 19-9 so far this year, including three pinfalls and four technical falls. Following his third place finish at the Upper Midwest Regional, Eau Claire's 157-pounder will now look to build on his success on the mat.
In the classroom, Vosters met the criteria of at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the previous full academic year to be named to this team.
Transfers and freshmen are eligible if they've been in residence at their current institution beginning in the fall of 2017. On the competition side, wrestlers must be a national qualifier in 2017-18 and have a minimum win percentage of at least .500.
Additionally, wrestlers can also be considered if they placed in the top six at their respective regional tournament, a win percentage of .500 or better and competed in half of the institution's scheduled competition in NCAA championship events. A wrestler can also be considered if they have a win percentage of .670 or better and competed in half of the institution's scheduled NCAA events.
Overall, 67 different institutions were represented, which accounts for over 64 percent of active Division III wrestling programs nationwide.
Vosters opens up the NCAA Tournament with a first round matchup against No. 8-seeded Egan Berta of North Central (IL).
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