CMU Wrestling Ranks No. 22 Nationally in Team GPA
Courtesy: Scott Rex/CMU Athletics
The Chippewas' cumulative team grade-point average of 3.0541 ranks No. 22 nationally among NCAA Division I wrestling programs, while junior Donnie Corby and sophomore Scott Mattingly have been named to the NWCA's All-Academic squad.
Team GPAs are calculated by averaging the cumulative GPAs of 12 student-athletes, including the 10 who were entrants in that team's NCAA Championships qualifying tournament. Mattingly and Corby were eligible for All-Academic honors by virtue of both having a minimum 3.2 GPA and qualifying for the 2012 NCAA Championships. They were two of just 87 Division I wrestling student-athletes from across the country to earn the honor.
Corby, a biology major with a 3.24 grade-point average, earns the NWCA honor for the second time in his career, while Mattingly, a journalism major with a 3.46 GPA, is a first-time selection.
A three-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference honoree, Corby won his first career MAC title in 2012. He won three straight matches as the No. 1 seed at 157 pounds at the conference tournament to earn his second straight trip to the NCAA Championships.
Mattingly, a two-time Academic All-MAC selection, placed third at 141 pounds at the MAC Championships and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, where he won one match.
CMU won its 11th straight Mid-American Conference Championships title in 2012. Five Chippewas were crowned individual conference champions (Joe Roth, 125 pounds; Zach Horan, 133 pounds; Donnie Corby, 157 pounds; Mike Ottinger, 165 pounds; Ben Bennett, 184 pounds), and seven qualified for the NCAA Championships. Bennett finished sixth at 184 pounds to earn his third straight All-America honor, and CMU, which produced an All-American for the 10th straight year, finished 24th as a team at the national tournament.