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Academic All-MAC Wrestling team announced

ODU's Jack Dechow earned a spot on the All-MAC Wrestling team (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference announced its 2017 Academic All-MAC Wrestling team today as 34 students were named to the team. Highlighting the 2017 Academic All-MAC Wrestling Team is four-time Academic All-MAC selection Eastern Michigan senior Nick Barber (2014-17).

In addition, three-time Academic All-MAC honors were earned by Central Michigan's Newton Smerchek, Kent State's Chance Driscoll and Stephen Suglio, and Missouri's Zach Synon. There were also 15 additional MAC wrestlers that were honored for the second time in their wrestling careers.

Kent State led the way with eight wrestlers (Isaac Bast, Chance Driscoll, Devin Nye, Tim Rooney, Jerald Spohn, Stephen Suglio, Anthony Tutolo and Jared Walker) named to the Academic All-MAC Team. Eastern Michigan had seven honorees (Nick Barber, Zac Carson, Noah Gonser, Derek Hillman, Kayne MacCallum, Sa'Derian Perry and Kyle Springer), while Central Michigan (CJ Brucki, Corey Keener, Austin Severn, Newton Smerchek and Mason Smith) had five named to the Academic All-MAC Team.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for a particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award. Outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments for the current season are only considered.

2017 Academic All-MAC Wrestling Team (34):
Kyle Akins, Buffalo, Sophomore, 3.34 GPA, Occupational Therapy (Sycamore, Ill.)
*Muhamed McBryde, Buffalo, Senior, 3.32 GPA, Sociology (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Brett Perry, Buffalo, Sophomore, 3.32 GPA, Engineering (East Fishkill, N.Y.)
CJ Brucki, Central Michigan, Junior, 3.20 GPA, Accounting (Orland Park, Ill.)
*Corey Keener, Central Michigan, Senior, 3.28 GPA, Physical Education (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.)
~Austin Severn, Central Michigan, Senior, 3.57 GPA, Information Systems (New Lothrop, Mich.)
*~Newton Smerchek, Central Michigan, Junior, 3.99 GPA, Physical Education (Casco, Wis.)
Mason Smith, Central Michigan, R-Freshman, 3.73 GPA, Undecided (Clio, Mich.)
*~@Nick Barber, Eastern Michigan, Senior, 3.71 GPA, Masters Business Administration (Cleveland, Ohio)
Zac Carson, Eastern Michigan, R-Freshman, 3.94 GPA, Secondary Education (Akron, Ohio)
Noah Gonser, Eastern Michigan, R-Freshman, 3.48 GPA, Environmental Science (Grand Blanc, Mich.)
*Derek Hillman, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore, 3.64 GPA, Economics (Woodhaven, Mich.)
Kayne MacCallum, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore, 3.57 GPA, Management (Libertyville, Ill.)
Sa'Derian Perry, Eastern Michigan, R-Freshman, 3.22 GPA, Secondary Education (Lakeland, Fla.)
*Kyle Springer, Eastern Michigan, Junior, 3.55 GPA, Exercise Science (New Boston, Mich.)
Isaac Bast, Kent State, Junior, 3.30 GPA, Earth Science (Massillon, Ohio)
*~Chance Driscoll, Kent State, Senior, 3.60 GPA, Economics (Aurora, Ohio)
*Devin Nye, Kent State, Junior, 3.80 GPA, Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy (Springfield, Ohio)
Tim Rooney, Kent State, Sophomore, 3.80 GPA, Exercise Science (Columbus, Ohio)
Jerald Spohn, Kent State, Senior, 3.20 GPA, Entrepreneurship (New Lexington, Ohio)
*~Stephen Suglio, Kent State, Senior, 3.70 GPA, Integrated Science (Richfield, Ohio)
*Anthony Tutolo, Kent State, Junior, 3.60 GPA, Communication Studies (Concord, Ohio)
Jared Walker, Kent State, Sophomore, 3.60 GPA, Geology (South Fayette, Pa.)
John Erneste, Missouri, Sophomore, 3.762 GPA, Mathematics (Kansas City, Mo.)
Matt Lemanowicz, Missouri, Senior, 3.667 GPA, Nutrition & Exercise Psychology (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
*~Zach Synon, Missouri, Senior, 3.519 GPA, Business Administration (Cary, Ill.)
Caleb Gossett, Northern Illinois, R-Freshman, 3.350 GPA, Business (St. Charles, Mo.)
#Dylan Peters, Northern Iowa, Senior, 3.21 GPA, Movement and Exercise Science (Denver, Iowa)
Bryce Steiert, Northern Iowa, Sophomore, 3.21 GPA, Management (Waverly, Iowa)
Max Thomsen, Northern Iowa, R-Freshman, 3.21 GPA, Management (LaPorte City, Iowa)
Arsen Ashughyan, Ohio, Sophomore, 3.499 GPA, International Business (Vanadzor, Armenia)
Kade Kowalski, Ohio, R-Freshman, 3.816 GPA, Marketing (Nashport, Ohio)
~@Kevin Beazley, Old Dominion, Junior, 3.37 GPA, Sport Management (Howell, Mich.)
*Jack Dechow, Old Dominion, Senior, 3.25 GPA, Communications (Richmond, Ill.)

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