University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshman Jason McCroskey earned a spot on the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s (NWCA) annual Division I All-Academic team for the 2008-09 season.
Individually, wrestlers must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total schedule – and must have competed in at least 60 percent of said schedule. The other way to qualify for the All-Academic team is have a 3.0 cumulative and been an NCAA All-American.
“The student-athletes on this All-Academic Team exemplify what we are looking for in the sport of wrestling. You see teams and individuals from the largest institutions that sponsor wrestling to the smaller colleges listed. There is diversity here that you do not always get to see when it comes to compiling these type of teams,” said Jim Beichner NWCA President.
McCroskey was the 2009 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year after winning the league’s 174-pound title. He posted a 21-12 mark on the season that included a 5-0 slate in SoCon action. McCroskey also made an appearance in the 2009 NCAA Championships for the Mocs. He owns a 3.48 grade-point-average and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering.