Five Apprentice School wrestlers were named recently to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association All-Academic team that encompassed 66 schools and over 150 wrestlers from the 2012-13 season.
Tyare Ford - Senior - Maintenance Electrician - Norfolk, VA.
Ford had a solid second half of the season after joining the team in January. He finished 18-8 and had a stretch of wins in 11 of 12 matches with the last eight of those in a row. That streak took him through the USCAA Invitational, the NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference and first day of the NCWA Nationals. He earned his second straight NCWA All-American honor finishing eighth at 125 pounds.
Kevin Gray - Senior - Insulator - Pittsburgh, PA.
After missing a month with a neck injury, he came back for the USCAA National Invitational and won the 235 pound weight class with a pair of wins by fall. He had a five-match winning streak and a pair of four-match streaks this year. He was also a USCAA Wrestler of the Week recipient after winning the 235 pound bracket at the USCAA National Invitational.
Ian Jones - Sophomore - Heavy Metal Fabricator - Painesville, OH.
Jones had a very impressive sophomore campaign as he opened the season winning his first 11 matches and he topped that to start 2013 as he won the first 18 bouts in the second half of the season. He won the NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference title at heavyweight, the USCAA National Invitational and Builder Invitational, while finishing second at the Knight Invitational and third at Waynesburg Invitational. His 41 wins are the sixth best single-season total, while his winning percentage of 91.1% is third-best all-time.
Dwayne Roes - Sophomore - Machinist - Staunton, VA.
Roes finished the season with a 26-17 record including winning the 133 pound weight class at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships in early March. He was third on the team in wins by fall with 14 and turned it on in the second half of the year going 14-5 from January 18 till the end of the season.
Kyle Spruill - Senior - Outside Machinist - Williamsburg, VA.
Spruill earned his first NCWA All-American honor by finishing fifth at 149 pounds at the nationals. He won 12 out of 13 matches from late January through the first day of nationals in mid-March. During that stretch he took third at the Builder Invitational, won the USCAA Invitational, took second at the NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference.