Seven national top-10 team finishes
PELLA—Central College’s Zach Beekman (Pocahontas) and Theron Stewart (Marshalltown) have been named Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Both wrestlers are majoring in education and carry a 3.25 grade point average. Beekman is a senior 157-pounder and Stewart is a 197-pound junior.
To be eligible for selection, a wrestler must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and meet one of three criteria: qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships, place in the NCAA qualifying tournament or win more than 66 percent of his matches.
Beekman compiled a 10-5 record. He took runner-up honors at the Central Invitational and placed seventh in the Silver Division of the Augsburg (Minn.) Invitational.
Stewart posted an 18-8 mark and finished third at the Central Invitational. He placed fourth at the MSOE (Wis.) Invitational and fifth at the Knox (Ill.) Invitational.
Eleven Central wrestlers have captured the honor 13 times. Senior Reid Imerman (Guthrie Center) last received the distinction in 2010.
Central College’s NWCA Scholar All-Americans
1989—Chris Hoffman, Shaun Van Vark
1992—Lynn Silver, Brad Kreiner
2002—Jeremy Hendricks, Andy Gum
2012—Zach Beekman, Theron Stewart