Borschel, Metcalf Earn Academic Honors

May 5, 2010

IOWA CITY, IA — Hawkeye seniors Jay Borschel and Brent Metcalf have earned spots on the 2010 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I all-academic team. The pair is two of seven NCAA finalists, 23 all-Americans and 61 NCAA qualifiers honored on the national team.

Jay Borschel and Brent Metcalf have proven their commitment to Iowa wrestling – both on the mat and in the classroom,” said University of Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands. “Earning a spot on this team is one more example of their dedication.”

To qualify for the NWCA all-academic team, a wrestler must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average, and has either been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total schedule – and must have 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.

Borschel, who is a biology major with a 3.21 grade-point average, is making his second appearance on the NWCA all-academic team. He won his first NCAA and Big Ten titles at 174 pounds in March, capping off a perfect 37-0 season. A two-time all-American, three-time NCAA qualifier and three-time academic all-Big Ten honoree, the Marion, IA, native posted a 98-10 career record at Iowa.

Senior Brent Metcalf

Metcalf is a member of the NWCA all-academic team for the third straight season. He earned his third all-America honor and second NCAA title at 149 pounds in March. He is a sociology major with a 3.25 grade-point average. The Davison, MI, native posted a 108-3 career record at Iowa, which gives him a .972 career winning percentage that ranks second in school history. A two-time Big Ten Champion, Metcalf is the first wrestler in Big ten history to earn Outstanding Wrestler at the conference meet two straight years (2008, 2009). In 2008, he won the Dan Hodge Trophy, which is annually presented to the nation’s top wrestler, the Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year award and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships. A three-time academic all-Big Ten honoree, Metcalf will leave his mark on the Hawkeye record books. His 69-match winning streak that spanned his sophomore and junior seasons led the nation and is tied for second in Iowa school history with Hawkeye Head Coach Tom Brands. Metcalf recorded career 47 pins, which ranks seventh in Iowa history, and he pinned 20 opponents in 2008-09, which ranks fourth. During his Hawkeye career, he went 68-1 in dual matches and 24-0 in Big Ten duals, scoring extra team points in 85 of his 108 wins (.787).