NEWPORT NEWS, VA. -- For the first time ever, the National Collegiate Wrestling Association recognized its student-athletes with an All-Academic team and three Apprentice School wrestlers made the 147-person list.
Junior Ricky Anderson, sophomore Stuart Roes and freshman Willy Crawford were recognized on the NCWA All-Academic team for having a greater than 3.0 grade point average for the 2010-11 wrestling season. To be recognized you had to have at least a 3.0 grade point average and be a NCWA All-American or a 3.25 grade point average and a national qualifier.
Anderson had a junior season that saw him re-write several records for the program. He finished with a 51-8 record as he became the first Builder wrestler to finish a season with 50 wins or more. Anderson won a remarkable 43 of those by fall which broke his previous school record for single season falls of 28. He had a 16-match and an 11-match winning streak during the year in which all but one of those was by fall. His 86.4% winning percentage was the sixth highest in school history and his 103 career wins ranks him fourth heading into his senior campaign. Anderson is from Chesapeake, Va. and is an outside machinist apprentice.
Crawford's freshman season saw him earn NCWA All-American honors with a fourth place finish at 184 pounds in the national tournament. He won his first five collegiate bouts and had a 13-match winning streak during the year. For nearly a three month span he won 28 of 31 bouts including the NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference title. Crawford is from Fluvanna, Va. and is a rigger apprentice.
Roes is a two-time NCWA National Qualifier who won the 197-pound bracket at the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships as a freshman. He had a five-match winning streak during February that helped propel him into the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Co-Champion honors at 197 pounds with Crawford. This year, the Staunton, Va. native and machinist apprentice went 17-21.