North Carolina State senior wrestling Nick Gwiazdowski, a two-time national champion who earned national runner-up honors in this year’s NCAA Wrestling Championships, has added some additional hardware to his trophy case.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Gwiazdowski has been named the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Per the ACC, the honors are “awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.”
Gwiazdowski, who had won an ACC-record 88 consecutive matches before losing to Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder in the national championship match, becomes the first North Carolina State athlete to win ACC Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
“Nick being named the 2016 ACC Scholar-Athlete of the year is one of the highest honors for him and for our program,” said NC State head coach Pat Popolizio in a statement. “The ACC is such a competitive conference with a number of outstanding student-athletes, I can’t think of any better way for Nick to close out his college career by receiving such a prestigious award for all of his hard work in the classroom.”
Congratulations to Gwiazdowski.
A list of former ACC Wrestling Scholar-Athletes of the Year can be seen below.
2007-08—Hudson Taylor, Maryland
2008-09—John Barone, Duke
2009-10—Hudson Taylor, Maryland
2010-11—Kyle John, Maryland
2011-12—Matt Snyder, Virginia
2012-13—Matt Snyder, Virginia
2013-14—Devin Carter, Virginia Tech
2014-15—Tyler Wilps, Pitt
2015-16—Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State
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