May 8, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team was recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association as having the 11th-best team grade point average in all of Division I wrestling. The NWCA also named Spartak Chino, Jeremy Johnson and Cody Walters to the all-academic team.
During the 2013-14 season, Ohio posted a team grade point average of 3.16. Ohio is one of only three teams from the Mid-American Conference to be ranked in the NWCA Top 30. The Bobcats' No. 11 ranking was the top team ranking in the MAC. In addition, the three individuals named to the team were the most of any squad in the league.
Johnson was named to the NWCA All-Academic team for the third-consecutive season, while Chino and Walters were all named to the squad for the second-consecutive season. In addition, all three were selected to Academic All-MAC team.
Johnson was selected to the team after he posted one of the finest season's in school history as he posted 41 wins en route to earning All-America honors. His trip to the NCAA Championship marked the fourth-consecutive season he qualified for nationals. Johnson earned the trip to nationals after capturing the MAC Championship for the second time in three years. Off the mat, Johnson tallied a 3.3 grade point average in Mid-Moderate Education.
Chino earned the all-academic nod following another trip the NCAA Championship. He finished the year with 19 wins and placed fifth a the MAC Championship. In the classroom, Chino posted a 3.3 grade point average in Marketing.
Walters made an appearance on the all-academic team after he finished the year with a 13-4 mark en route to successfully defending his 2013 MAC Championship. In addition, Walters earned his second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship. Away from the mat, He owns a 3.2 grade point average in Physical Education.