May 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team was recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association on Monday as having the 15th-best team grade point average in all of Division I wrestling. The NWCA also named Spartak Chino, Jeremy Johnson, Cody Walters and Phil Wellington to the all-academic team.
During the 2012-13 season, Ohio posted a team grade point average of 3.099. Ohio was the only team in the Mid-American Conference to be ranked in the NWCA Top 30. Individually, the Bobcats tied with Penn State for second nationally with four wrestlers named to the all-academic team.
Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) posted a 3.4 gpa in Marketing throughout his career in the classroom. This past season he tallied a record of 21-15, while tallying three pins as he received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Championship.
Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) was named to the all-academic team after he posted a 3.3 gpa, majoring in Psychology. Away from the classroom, Johnson earned an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Championship for the third-consecutive season. He closed out the year by winning 12 of his final 13 regular season matches. Johnson finished the year with a 35-11 record to go along with 10 pins.
Walters (Macedonia Ohio) earned a spot on the all-academic team after he posted a 3.0 gpa in sports management. This past season, Walters posted one of the finest seasons in school history as he went 39-5 en route to earning All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. He also earned MAC Freshman of the Year honors and captured the 2013 league title at 174 pounds.
Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) received a bid to the all-academic team after he tallied a 3.1 grade point average in Mechanical Engineering. On the mat, Wellington finished the year with a 25-16 record, posting a pair of pins. He finished the year by winning six of his final seven bouts.