MANHEIM, PA -- Williams College junior Joey Rossetti (141) claimed his second national post-season honor and third honor of the winter when he was named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) NCAA DIII All-America Second Team.
Previously this season Rossetti placed second at the Northeast NCAA Regional Championships to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships, earned Second Team New England Wrestling Association honors, and was named an NWCA Scholar All-American.
Each year the NWCA recognizes the outstanding work of the DIII Student-athletes by naming the All-Americans based on their achievements in the national championship, however, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic the championships were canceled.
All-American honors were based on each wrestler's overall body of work through the regional tournaments and up to the national championships.
"These athletes deserve to be recognized for their outstanding body of work during the 2019-2020 season," said Lonnie Morris, NWCA Division III President & Johnson & Wales head coach. "I'm proud of the NWCA Division III leadership group working so diligently to review the candidates and for developing a meaningful process for recognizing this elite group of young men."
Rossetti fashioned a stellar 2019-20 record going 38-4 and leading all NCAA DIII 141-pounders in falls with 22. "It is nice the NWCA decided to give these guys who lost their championship competition some recognition," said Eph head coach Scott Honecker. "It is bittersweet because I know Joey was ready to take the coaches vote out of it and place high at the NCAA Tournament."
ABOUT THE NWCA
The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The three core competencies of the NWCA are: Coaching Development, Student-Athlete Welfare, and the Promotion of Wrestling.