March 17, 2011

Laughlin Named Scholar All-American; Spartans Rank 12th Academically

YORK, Pa. – On the heels of their fantastic 2010-2011 campaign, the York College wrestling team received outstanding news this week as senior James Laughlin was selected as a National Wrestling Coaches Association 2010-2011 Division III Scholar All-American. Laughlin, the Spartans' 285-pound wrestler, is the 28th individual to be honored with the accolade in the history of the Spartan program.

Putting together a strong senior campaign, Laughlin posted a 12-2 record on the season and finished second at the Metropolitan Conference Championships.

"[He] has been a tremendous asset to this year's team, being successful in the classroom and on the mats," Spartan head coach Tom Kessler said of Laughlin. "JC has endured numerous injuries the past three seasons and continued, to get back on the mats.  He was a runner-up Metropolitan Champion this year and won several matches that came down to him.  He won all of those matches, which in turn made the team a winner.  James will be missed next season as he was definitely the anchor at the end of our lineup this year."

As a team, the Spartans landed on the NWCA Division III Scholar Team list as York's ten selected wrestlers accumulated 3.337 grade point average. The Green and White finished 12th overall as Johnson & Wales finished first with a 3.608 GPA.

"We expect our wrestlers to be successful on the mats and in the classroom, which they are doing," Kessler said as the Spartans also finished ranked #15 at the NCAA Division III National Tournament. "It is always a team goal to be ranked in the top 20 of these categories and we achieved that this season.  The team is doing it in the classroom and on the mats!"

In order to be eligible for the Scholar All-American award, a wrestler must have carried a 3.2 grade point average for a full academic year, posted a .670 winning percentage during the season, and competed in at least 50% of the season's matches. (Courtesy of Adele Burk of Oswego sports information).