MANHEIM, Pa.--The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced the 2015-16 NWCA Scholar All-America team, as sophomore Zach Rieger (Hudson, Mich.) and Angus Arthur (Laingsburg, Mich./St. John High School) became the first two Adrian College wrestlers in program history named to the honor.
NWCA scholar-athletes are recognized for their achievements both in the classroom and on the mat, and nominated by their school's head coach.
Rieger was one of eight Bulldogs employed at the 285-pound division in the lineup by first-year head coach Chris Williams. He led Adrian heavyweights with five victories. Rieger, who also starts on the defensive line for the AC football team, majors in social studies and teacher's education with an English minor, compiling a 3.88 overall grade-point average.
At 197 pounds, Arthur won the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional title in his weight class, finished with a 34-2 record and earned all-America accolades after placing fourth at the NCAA Division III Men's Wrestling Championships in Iowa. The criminal justice major has a 3.62 overall GPA.
Williams did a terrific job in piloting the Bulldogs in their first season since the wrestling program was reinstated to varsity status after a 31-year absence. Adrian made its fifth all-time NCAA appearance (1975-76-77-79-2016), finishing in a three-way tie for 23rd place (with Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Wisconsin-Whitewater) out of 58 teams with 15-1/2 points--establishing program records in both. Adrian had a dual-meet record of 7-3, with all three losses coming at the hands of nationally-ranked teams.