BOONE, N.C. — For the third straight year, Appalachian State wrestler Forrest Przybysz has been named to the NWCA Division I All-Academic team.
A two-time NCAA qualifier and the 2018 Southern Conference champion at 174 pounds, Przybysz is on schedule to complete his MBA as a fifth-year senior after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Walker College of Business. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and currently has a GPA of 3.78. He’s made the Chancellor’s list (GPA of 3.85 or higher) after three semesters.
Przybysz won two matches last month at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland to close a stellar wrestling career in which he posted 78 overall victories, including a 22-4 record in Southern Conference dual meets, and helped App State claim three straight SoCon regular season titles. He also received NWCA Division I All-Academic recognition as a sophomore and junior member of the Mountaineers’ team.
“Forrest has been an integral piece of our program’s success the last several years,” App State head coach JohnMark Bentley said. “He is the model student-athlete.”
Of the 155 student-athletes on the NWCA All-Academic team this year, 123 qualified for the NCAA Championships.
As a senior wrestler, Przybysz had a 26-9 record and went unbeaten in SoCon competition, as he followed a 5-0 regular season with three victories at the conference championships. App State swept the SoCon regular season and tournament titles.
Przybysz arrived in Cleveland as the No. 12 seed nationally, opened the event with a 9-6 decision against Wisconsin’s Ryan Christensen and also posted a 4-2 win by Sudden Victory against Utah Valley’s Kimball Bastian. Przybysz’s senior season included high-profile or dramatic wins against Oklahoma’s Yoanse Mejias (ranked No. 11), N.C. State’s Daniel Bullard (NCAA qualifier for the nation’s No. 4 team), Chattanooga’s Justin Lampe and Campbell’s Andrew Morgan (twice).