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Six Wrestlers Named to SoCon Academic All-Conference Team

by | Jul 12, 2023

SOCON honors for 6 Davidson wrestlers.


DAVIDSON, N.C. – Six Davidson wrestlers were named to the Southern Conference’s 2023 Spring Academic All-Conference team the league announced on Tuesday.

Davidson’s six selections was tied for the most of any wrestling program in the SoCon.

Noah Burstein, Jaden Hardrick, Matt McLaughlin, Hale Robinson, Anthony Spera, and Oliver Tipton all represented Davidson on the list.

Burstein, a senior political science major from Mt. Hermon, Massachuesetts, had ten wins this season including a first-place finish in the 133-pound weight class at the King Open.

Hardrick, a junior biology major from Dayton, Ohio, has already been named a NWCA Scholar All-American and a CSC Academic All-District selection this offseason and now adds another academic accolade to his resume.

Sophomore chemistry major, Matt McLaughlin, wrestled in 20 matches for the Wildcats this season and picked up three wins and two by pin at the King Open.

Honolulu, Hawaii product Hale Robinson also made this year’s SoCon Academic All-Conference list. The sophomore biology major was a NWCA All-Academic Team selection last season and earned CSC Academic All-District honors this season.

Rounding out the list were Anthony Spera and Oliver Tipton. Spera, who hails from Budd Lake, N.J. went 3-1 in conference duals this season including a sudden victory win against Bellarmine in the Duke Performance Hall.

Tipton, a native of Branchville, N.J., wrestled in 25 matches and took third place at the King Open in the 184-pound weight class.

To be eligible for the SoCon Academic All-Conference team, scholar-athletes must achieve a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA while being a member of the final squad list during the traditional season for a varsity sport sanctioned by the Southern Conference. GPA calculations are based upon the student-athlete’s cumulative GPA at the end of the semester during which competition takes place. Recipients must have completed at least three semesters of class work at the Southern Conference institution (no true freshmen or first-year transfers) and been eligible to compete throughout the entire academic year. Additionally, student-athletes must have participated in a minimum of 50 percent of their team’s contests in the most recently concluded traditional season.

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