BOONE, N.C. — App State Wrestling had five student-athletes named to the Southern Conference’s Academic All-Conference team Wednesday.
With the Mountaineers posting the second-highest total in the league, head coach JohnMark Bentley’s program was represented on the list by Matt Zovistoski, Will Formato, Paul Carson, Anthony Brito and Barrett Blakely.
To be eligible, student-athletes had to carry at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA at the conclusion of the spring semester. Because of the cancelation of the spring season, the usual participation requirement for all honorees to compete in at least one-half of their teams’ competitions was modified for this year only to include projected starters and key contributors. Additionally, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least three semesters at their institutions, making true freshmen and first-year transfers ineligible for inclusion.
All five of the honored wrestlers from App State posted at least 18 individual victories during the 2019-20 season and registered cumulative GPAs above a 3.3, highlighted by Formato’s 3.76 as a redshirt freshman pursuing a management degree.
The Mountaineers’ cumulative GPA of 3.11 as a team following the 2020 spring semester was the highest in recorded history for the program, as Zovistoski and Formato were two of four App State wrestlers named NWCA Division I Scholar All-Americans. It was the third career NWCA Division I Scholar All-American honor for Zovistoski.