Wrestling: Three Raiders Named NWCA Scholar All-Americans

David Massey, Antown Pugh, Grant Martin (Photos by Jill Martin)
David Massey, Antown Pugh, Grant Martin (Photos by Jill Martin)

MANHEIM, Pa. -- Three Mount Union wrestlers in senior Grant Martin (Hartville / Lake), junior Antwon Pugh (Copley) and sophomore David Massey (Cuyahoga Falls / Woodridge) have been named Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Martin, a Marketing and Mangement major with a 3.72 grade point average, had the Ohio Athletic Conference's most falls in the least amount of time award as the senior pinned all six OAC wrestlers he faced in a combined time of 7:58 at 285 pounds. On the season, Martin went 27-5 overall with 18 pins as he was also named to the All-OAC first team and placed fourth at the NCAA Central Regional.

Pugh, who has a 3.42 gpa with a double major in Criminal Justice and International Affairs & Diplomacy, went 16-3 and was nationally ranked No. 8 at 157 pounds. He returned from an injury right before the NCAA Central Regional and went 3-1 with three pins at 165 pounds placing second after a one-point loss in the finals to the nation's No. 1 ranked wrestler in the weight class. 

Massey, an Exercise Science major with a 3.90 grade point average, won a team-best 36 matches this season, placed third at the NCAA Central Regional and was an All-OAC second team selection. His 36 wins this season tied him for the sixth most in a single season in school history.

Mount Union went 15-3 overall in duals and won the OAC regular season title. The Purple Raiders also finished second at the NCAA Central Regional.

The NWCA regonized 260 individuals from 75 institutions

"On behalf of the NWCA and our Board of Directors, I am excited to honor the amazing academic achievement demonstrated by this year's Scholar All-American teams and individuals," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "Once again, NCAA Division III institutions have demonstrated their commitment to academic excellence with such a high number of individual honorees and schools being represented.