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Morningside tops list of best NAIA wrestling academic teams

April 25, 2017, in Athletics, Wrestling

Morningside was named the top academic wrestling team in the NAIA for the second year in a row by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).

The Mustangs have a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.39 to top a list of 15 NAIA wrestling programs designated as NAIA All-Academic Teams by the NWCA. Morningside edged runner-up Cumberland University (3.38) for top honors.

Morningside is one of three teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) named a NWCA NAIA All-Academic Teams. Concordia University is sixth with a 3.22 team GPA and Hastings is eighth at 3.20.

Morningside’s Derik Bailey, Dakota Drenth and Steven Garcia were named 2017 NWCA NAIA All-Academic Individuals. Drenth and Garcia received the honor for the second year in a row. Bailey, a junior from Smithland, Iowa, is majoring in biology and chemistry. Drenth, a sophomore from Hartley, Iowa, is majoring in elementary education. Garcia, a junior from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, is majoring in non-profit management.