@AU_Wrestling Has Four Scholar All-Americans; 2nd in NCAA GPA

Graphic with Josh Terao, Kizhan Clarke, Michael Sprague, Jack Mutchnik (clockwise from top left)

MANHEIM, Pa. – Michael Sprague and Josh Terao earned the third award of their career and joined teammates Jack Mutchnik and Kizhan Clarke on the National Wrestling Coaches Division I Scholar All-America Team, the coaches association announced recently.

In addition, American University finished second among NCAA Division I institutions in cumulative team GPA, earning designation as a Scholar All-American Team.

The four Eagles selected as Scholar All-Americans matches the number from last season. 

"The time, effort, and energy that our wrestlers put into their academics is really impressive," said AU head coach Teague Moore. "These guys work extremely hard to maximize their time here at American University and it continues to show.

"Josh and Michael have earned this honor three times, and this is something they will have on their resume the rest of their life. I'm sad to see them leave our program but their commitment has been excellent. 

"Jack earned his Scholar All-American honors through hard-fought battles on the mat. He has been within the academic standards twice but fell short on his win percentage. This year, he battled through to earn this honor.

"Kizhan has set himself apart from the regular student here at American University," said Moore. "He continues to shine in the classroom and also on the mat. What's most impressive with Kizhan's success this season was that he did it at a weight class that was not his best competitive weight. 

Sprague, a graduate student in health promotion management, and Terao, who is earning a master's in biology, are the third and fourth Eagles in history to earn the honor three times. They join Danny Mitchell (2011, 2012, 2014) and Mike Cannon (2007, 2008, 2010) on that list.

Mutchnik, a graduate student in finance, and Clarke, a redshirt sophomore in justice and law, are first-time honorees.

Collectively, AU earned a 3.56 grade-point average, second only to Drexel (3.63). This marks the 13th time in the last 14 seasons the Eagles have been among the top 10 GPAs nationally. American was fourth in 2018. The second-place finish is the best since 2011.

The 3.56 GPA is the best posted at AU since the academic performance started to be tracked in 2006 (3.48, 2011).

Each of the top three schools were from the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (Harvard, 3.55, was third) and six of the top eight came from the EIWA (including Sacred Heart, Hofstra and Brown).

Of the 30 schools listed, 11 are members of the 16-school EIWA.