CMU's Drew Hildebrandt earned the Medal of Excellent Award (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)
Twenty-four Mid-American Conference (MAC) student-athletes - including two who wrestled for MAC mat programs -- were named as Medal of Excellence Award winners for the 2019-20 academic season.
Each of the dozen schools within the MAC conference has one male student-athlete honoree and one female student-honoree.
The two wrestlers to earn these honors within the conference: Drew Hildebrandt of Central Michigan ... and Tim Rooney of Kent State.
Central Michigan wrestler Drew Hildebrandt
Hildebrandt, a junior from Granger, Ind., led the Chippewas with 31 victories (against three losses) in 2019-20, winning the MAC conference title at 125 pounds and then earning First Team All-American honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association. He finished the season ranked eighth nationally and was seeded sixth for the NCAA Championships, which were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A finance major who carries a 3.64 GPA, Hildebrandt is a three-time Academic All-MAC honoree and was named in 2020 at MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete.
In addition to Hildebrandt, Medal of Excellence Award student-athlete honoree for the Central Michigan Chippewas for the 2019-20 school year is female student-athlete Alexandria Robinson, a member of the school's women's track-and-field team.
Kent State wrestler Tim Rooney
A senior from Columbus, Ohio, Tim Rooney concluded a successful mat career for the Kent State Golden Flashes with the 2020 MAC Championship at 133 pounds ... and was a two-time NCAA Division I championships qualifier. He was the No. 12 seed at 133 at the 2020 NCAAs. He was a four-time Academic All-MAC member. Rooney served three seasons as a SAAC representative.
Having completed his education at Kent State (where he was an exercise science major), Rooney now plans on attending Baldwin-Wallace College outside Cleveland for physician's assistant school.
In addition to Rooney, Kent State Golden Flash Medal of Excellence Award student-athlete honoree for the 2019-20 school year is female student-athlete Maria Cegledy, who played softball.