PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team was again recognized as one of the National Wrestling Coaching Association (NWCA) Top-30 All-Academic programs with a pair of grapplers earning individual All-Academic honors.
Seniors Casey Kent and Brooks Martino were among the 135 wrestlers named All-Academic, each earning the honor for the second time in their career – becoming the sixth and seventh Quakers to earn multiple spots on the NWCA All-Academic team. They join Matt Feast, Mike Fickell, Caleb Richardson, Andrei Rodzianko and Rick Springman as multiple-time selections.
Casey Kent earned his third NCAA Championships appearance in 2017 after finishing a career-high third at the EIWA Championships. Kent finished 2016-17 with a 23-8 overall record, including 13 wins with bonus points. A four-time second-team All-Ivy selection, Kent will graduate as a NCAA All-American after a fourth-place finish in 2016. A two-time Academic All-Ivy selection, Kent was the 2016 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area At-Large Performer of the Year.
Brooks Martino qualified for his second NCAA Championships appearance after a runner-up finish at the EIWA Championships in March. The No. 7 seed at EIWAs, Martino knocked off the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds en route to his second place result. At NCAAs, Martino picked up his first career win at the national tournament.
As a team, the Red and Blue finished No. 16 among all Division I programs in team GPA at 3.294. All six Ivy League programs were included, and Penn was one of 10 EIWA programs recognized.