Senior Brandon Wright (Germantown, Tenn.) and junior Dean Pavlou (Cleveland, Tenn.) were both honored for their individual work, earning a spot on the NWCA All-Academic Division I Team. Wright recently graduated with a Business degree and a 3.33 g.p.a. A two-time Southern Conference Champion, he is now a three-time Academic All-NWCA honoree.
Pavlou also earns his third Academic All-NWCA team recognition. He has a 3.65 g.p.a. as an Exercise Science major and is a two-time SoCon Champion. To qualify for the All-Academic team a wrestler must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point-average, be an NCAA qualifier or win 60 percent of his total schedule and compete in at least 60 percent of said schedule. The other way to qualify for the All-Academic team is to have a 3.0 g.p.a. and be an NCAA All-American.
UTC raised its team g.p.a. slightly from last year's 3.14, but tough competition among the Division I programs dropped the Mocs from seventh to 13th. Each year, the NWCA recognizes the top-30 programs in the nation based on g.p.a. This is the fourth year in school history the Mocs have been listed, including 1998 and 1999.
The wrestlers were one of five Chattanooga teams to rank in the top-25 in the nation in their respective sport in g.p.a. last season, joining men's track & field (5th), men's cross country (15th), women's golf (22nd) and women's cross country. Both of the Mocs cross country teams have already made the top-25 this year with the men leading the nation and the women placing fifth.