WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College senior wrestling captain Matt Morris (Albany, NY) has been named the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Morris earned National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-America honors all four years he competed. A double major at Williams in Statistics and Economics he has made Dean's List every semester.
Morris has placed in the top four at the NCAA Regional three times. His career record of 113-41, which puts him 7th on the all-time wins list at Williams and he is only the 12th Williams wrestler to reach 100 wins. This year he was the Runner-up at the Doug Parker, the Williams Open, and the Citrus Invitational.
2017-18 Season Record 25-11
3x Region Place winner (4,4,dnp,4)
4x Scholar All-American
4.0 GPA - Fall 2017
4.0 GPA - Spring 2017
3.73 Cumulative GPA
Dean's List all 4 Years
Double Major Economics & Statistics
Matt Morris This Season:
Doug Parker Runner Up
Williams Open Runner Up
Citrus Invitational Runner up
Matt Morris Career:
4x Doug Parker Place winner 3x Finalist (3,2,2,2)
York Invite Place winner
4x Citrus Place winner (3,2,3,2)
Jim Aguiar Invitational Champion
Williams Open Champion
"In my seven years at Williams, I have not encountered a wrestler who epitomized the term Scholar-Athlete more than Matt," said Eph head coach Scott Honecker. "To be named the top scholar wrestler in all of New England is a deserved accomplishment, as well as a bittersweet one for us as Matt's standard will be a difficult one to meet for future Ephs. It is, however, reassuring to know that others will have his example to follow in the future and that Matt will continue to represent Williams Wrestling in his assured success post-college."
The 2018 Eph wrestling team also earned NEWA honors on the mat. "Ending the season with six wrestlers named to the All-NEWA Team shows how far we came this year," stated Honecker. "I really don't feel like we started the season with six All-NEWA caliber guys. The entire team spent the season with a positive attitude, committed to improvement, and demonstrated a passion for competition. They were tested by a very challenging schedule and remained focused on the process through the ups and downs of the long wrestling season. This team took adversity in stride and week after week we trotted out a better team than the one we had presented the week before. All of this culminated in a fantastic postseason performance and the entire squad demonstrated how much can be gained in a single season."
2017-18 National Wrestling Coaches All-Academic Team Award
Williams College – 3.651
"We had the highest GPA of any team at the national championships and it shows that our wrestlers are dual-committed to excellence both in the classroom and on the mats," noted Honecker. "With 14 wrestlers represented on the NEWA All-Academic team the young men on our roster continue to prove that they are as competitive with regard to their academics as they are in the hunt for victories in the Williams singlet.
2017-18 National Wrestling Coaches Scholar All-Americans
In order to become an NWCA Scholar All-American, the following criteria must be met:
- The wrestler must have a GPA of 3.2 or greater for the previous academic year or have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater. Freshmen are eligible, and their GPA from the fall of 2016 must be above 3.2.
- The wrestler must have been at the current school for the entire 2016-2017 school year
- The wrestlers must meet at least one of the following wrestling criteria:
- NCAA Qualifier with a winning record.
- Finish in the top six at the NCAA regional while competing in at least half of the team's scheduled competitions and compiling a winning record.
- Win at least 67% of his matches while competing in at least 50% of his team's scheduled competitions.
2017-2018 Academic All-NEWA Team
Yo Akiyama – 165
Luke Anselmi – 174
Nick Anselmi – 165
Bennett Caplin – 174
Dietrich Hartman – 125
Brendon Kiernan – 157
Dylan Millson – 165
Clayton Mizgerd - 141
Matt Morris – 125
Jack Murphy – 149
Alex Pankhurst – 149
Joseph Rossetti – 141
Carl Sangree – 184
Brendon Seyfried – 141
To make Academic All-NEWA a wrestler must have been a major contributor to the team and have over a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
2017-2018 All-NEWA First Team
Brendon Seyfried – 149
Honorable Mention All-NEWA Team
125 – Matt Morris
141 – Joseph Rossetti
157 – Jake Savoca
165 – Yo Akiyama
184 – Sebastian Dziadkiewicz
All-NEWA Rookie Team
141 – Joseph Rossetti