MOORHEAD, Minn. (6/06/17)---Concordia student/athlete Adam Presler finished off his impressive junior season by earning College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American honors. The CoSIDA award is the highest Academic All-American honor a student/athlete can achieve as it recognizes both top academic and athletic achievement.
The Academic All-American honor follows Presler's NCAA Elite 90 award which he won following the NCAA National Meet for having the highest grade point average of any student/athlete at the national meet.
Presler, who is a Mathematics Education major with a 4.00 grade point average, becomes the first Cobber wrestler to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. Concordia has now had 13 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in the past 10 years.
Presler earned his CoSIDA Academic All-American honor in the men's at-large category which includes student/athletes from 12 men's sports: fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Presler had a career year on the mat in 2016-17 at 141 pounds and qualified for the NCAA Championship Meet for the first time in his career. He won 26 matches this season after winning 14 matches in each of his freshman and sophomore campaigns.
Presler qualified for the NCAA Meet by finishing third at the NCAA West Regional held at Concordia on Feb. 25. He started his trek to nationals by recording a pin fall in his first match at regionals but then lost 7-4 in the semifinals. He posted a 7-4 decision in the semifinals of the wrestlebacks and went on to a 10-6 win in the third-place match.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America program is administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Top student-athletes, who have already earned Academic All-District first-team honors, are eligible for inclusion on the Academic All-America team. Student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current institutions, have a grade-point average above 3.30 (4.0 scale) and have outstanding athletic credentials. The Academic All-America ballot is voted on by a committee of CoSIDA members. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
Past Cobber CoSIDA Academic All-American Honorees
2017 - Adam Presler - Wrestling
2016 - Matthew Lillehaugen - Men's Track & Field
2016 - Tim Carlson - Baseball
2012 - Kaari Jensen - Women's Track & Field
2012 - Brett Baune - Football
2012 - Brett Harmelink - Football
2011 - Erica Nord - Women's Basketball
2010 - Riley McGlynn - Men's Soccer
2009 - Sam Johnson - Women's Soccer
2009 - Erika Swenson - Women's Soccer
2008 - Melanie Hageman - Women's Basketball
2008 - Justin Foss - Men's Soccer
2008 - Levi DeVries - Football
2007 - Grant Weller - Football
2006 - Annie Cullen - Women's Swimming and Diving
2006 - Natalie Hanson - Women's Track & Field
2006 - Angie Pfeiffer - Women's Track & Field
2005 - Angie Pfeiffer - Women's Track and Field
2004 - Jordan Talge - Football
2004 - Jessica Walden - Women's Volleyball
2000 - Micah Benson - Men's Track & Field
1999 - Micah Benson - Men's Track & Field
1999 - Laura Utke - Women's Track & Field
1998 - Bob Zacher - Football
1997 - Renee Erickson - Women's Track & Field
1996 - Renee Erickson - Women's Track & Field
1992 - Kristi Farver - Women's Track & Field
1992 - Kris Kuehl - Women's Track & Field
1991 - Chris Reimertz - Football