MANHEIM, Penn. – For the second straight season, Stephen Loosbrock has been recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association for his efforts on the mat and in the classroom.
The NWCA released its annual NWCA All-Academic honors on Friday and Loosbrock was among the 45 individual wrestlers honored by the NWCA.
Loosbrock, a junior, was ranked 15th on the list with an overall GPA of 3.26 while majoring in Business. He finished this past season with his second NAIA All-America honor as he finished fifth at 197 pounds.
In order to be eligible for the NWCA All-Academic award, a wrestler must have a 3.0 or higher GPA and also have been a national qualifier.
This is the second NWCA All-Academic honor for Loosbrock and the third overall recognition for the Raven Wrestling Program since it became a varsity sport for the 2012-'13 season.
"We aren't just seeing tremendous growth in the new programs in the NAIA, but the quality of student-athlete we are seeing matriculate at those programs is also significant," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "We're not just seeing stellar athletic accomplishments, but the number of All-Americans and national qualifiers with GPA's of 3.0 or better is indicative of how the sport of wrestling attracts some of the best and brightest students around the country."
From the Top 10 NWCA All-Academic teams, five have only been in existence since 2000.
Loosbrock was one of four wrestlers from the current Heart of America Athletic Conference schools to earn NWCA All-Academic honors. Grand View (Iowa) University and William Penn (Iowa) University, who will join the Heart for the 2015-'16 academic year were among the 10 schools to earn NWCA All-Academic Team honors.