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IOWA CITY, IA — The honors keep coming for former University of Iowa wrestler Brent Metcalf. The Davison, MI, native was named to the ESPN The Magazine academic all-district first team Thursday. Metcalf, who was named to the District 7 men’s at-large first team, is a sociology major with a 3.46 grade-point average. His name will be added to the national ESPN The Magazine academic all-America ballot, which will feature first team all-district honorees from all eight districts.
To be nominated a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his or her current institution. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of their team’s competitions, have completed one full calendar year at his or her current institution and have reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
A three-time NWCA all-academic and academic all-Big Ten team selection, Metcalf was Iowa’s 2010 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner. He earned his third all-America honor and second NCAA title at 149 pounds in March. He 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 honors 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. Metcalf’s 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. He recorded career 47 pins, which ranks seventh in Iowa history, and 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).