Metcalf Named To Academic Team

June 5, 2009

IOWA CITY, IA — Hawkeye junior Brent Metcalf has earned a spot on the 2009 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I all-academic team. He is one of eight NCAA finalists, 17 all-Americans and 51 NCAA qualifiers honored on the national team.

Brent Metcalf is a leader on our team – both academically and athletically,” said University of Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands. “Earning a spot on this team is one more example of his commitment to the University of Iowa and our wrestling team.”

To be considered for the NWCA all-academic team, a wrestler must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average, have been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total schedule when he competed in at least 60 percent of said schedule. Wrestlers can also earn a spot on the all-academic team if they were an NCAA all-American and posted a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average.

Metcalf, who has been named to the NWCA all-academic team for the second straight season, earned his second all-America honor and Big Ten title at 149 pounds in 2009. He was named Big Ten Championships Outstanding Wrestler for the second time, becoming the first wrestler in conference history to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. He posted a 37-1 season record in 2008-09, going 24-0 in dual matches and 8-0 in Big Ten duals. He pinned 20 opponents, which ranks fourth all-time at Iowa. The two-time academic all-Big Ten honoree led the team in eight statistical categories in 2008-09.

Metcalf and the Hawkeyes are set to open the 2009-10 season November 20 with the Iowa City Duals.