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Four Appalachian State Wrestlers Named To Scholar All-American Team

Four Appalachian State Wrestlers Named to Scholar All-American Team

A league-leading four wrestlers from App State have been named NWCA Division I Scholar All-Americans.

Thomas Flitz and Will Formato were recognized for the third straight year, while first-year starters Caleb Smith and Heath Gonyer were each named an NWCA Division I Scholar All-American for the first time.

App State has totaled 12 NWCA Division I Scholar All-Americans during the last three seasons.

The four selections from head coach JohnMark Bentley’s program in 2021-22 qualified by either having a 3.2 cumulative GPA as an NCAA Championships qualifier and/or possessing a 3.5 cumulative GPA while being a starter who won at least 60 percent of his matches.

App State has had at least one wrestler earn a Division I Scholar All-American Award in 11 of Bentley’s 13 seasons.

Flitz, Formato and Smith all qualified for this year’s NCAA Championships, as Flitz went 17-8 at 174 pounds, Formato was 23-9 at 165 and Smith posted a 24-8 record at 125. Gonyer, the SoCon runner-up at 141 pounds, went 25-9.