Niedrich Earns NWCA Scholar Athlete; Spartans Finish in Team GPA Top 20

Niedrich Earns NWCA Scholar Athlete; Spartans Finish in Team GPA Top 20

YORK, PA - The York College wrestling team received outstanding news yesterday as junior John Niedrich (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) was named a 2007-08 Wrestling Scholar-Athlete as awarded by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Niedrich is York’s 27th wrestler to earn such an accolade.

Niedrich compiled a great junior campaign on the mat. The 157-pounder began the season winning 16 consecutive matches, before posting a final 27-7 mark.  He won three tournaments on the season, taking the title in the Monarch Tournament, Ursinus Fall Brawl, and the Spartan Invitational. Niedrich finished second at the Metro Conference Championships but his stellar season earned him a wild card bid into the NCAA National Championships, his first berth into Nationals. Niedrich is a Finance major, who sports a 3.26 grade point average.

“John did a great job for us this season,” Spartan head coach Tom Kessler said. “It is great to see him receive this honor after working so hard both on the mat and in the classroom.”

As a team, the Spartans finished the 2007-08 season with a 3.22 grade point average. Their GPA is the 18th-best in the country and is a testament to the hard work of both the Spartan wrestlers and coaches.

“These kids work so hard to be college student-athletes,” Kessler said. “I am so proud of this team and the time they are willing to put into their sport and their academics. We as coaches push them pretty hard in both areas and it is great to see their success.”