Virginia's Snyder named ACC Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Virginia's Snyder named ACC Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Wednesday April 17, 2013

April 17, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Virginia's Matt Snyder has been named the 2012-13 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season and heads up the sport's All-ACC Academic Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

Eight of the student-athletes named to the 18-member 2012-13 All-ACC Wrestling Academic Team earned spots on the squad on at least one previous occasion. This year's team includes six student-athletes that also earned All-ACC team honors in 2013.

Snyder, a Kinesiology major from Lewistown, Pa., is a four-time All-ACC Wrestling Academic Team honoree who plans to attend medical school after completing his master's degree. Snyder earned a 2013 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship (the only wrestler in the conference honored) and placed on Virginia's honor roll for the 2012 fall semester.

Snyder was a 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championship qualifier and finished one win shy of All-America status by reaching the tournament's round of 12. A third-place finisher in the ACC Championship's competitive 125-pound weight class, Snyder was ranked eighth nationally in both the final NCAA Coaches rankings and the RPI. He finished with a 22-9 record this past season and ended his career as Virginia's ninth-ranked wrestler in total wins with 99. Snyder's 32 recorded falls rank third in program history.

Duke leads all schools with six student-athletes on the 2012-13 All-ACC Wrestling Academic Team. Five wrestlers from Virginia were honored.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a minimum 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a minimum 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

2012-13 All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team
Name School Year Major
Trey Adamson Duke So. Evolutionary Anthropology
**Brandon Gambucci Duke Jr. Sociology
Conner Hartmann Duke So. Economics
Dylan Ryan Duke So. Chemistry
**Brian Self Duke Jr. Sociology
****Peter Terrezza Duke Gr. Management Studies
**Dallas Brown Maryland Sr. Microbiology
Domenic DeRobertis Maryland Sr. Physiology & Neurobiology
Daniel Orem Maryland Sr. Kinesiology
**Frank Abbondanza North Carolina So. Business Administration
**Alex Utley North Carolina So. Business Administration
***Jon Fausey Virginia Sr. Kinesiology
Jedd Moore Virginia Gr. Environmental Science
Mike Sapolek Virginia Gr. Environmental Science
****Matt Snyder Virginia Gr. Kinesiology
Derek Valenti Virginia Gr. Environmental Science
Bobby Lavelle Virginia Tech Jr. Human Development
David Marone Virginia Tech Gr. Business Administration
ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Matt Snyder, Virginia

** - Two-time honoree

*** - Three-time honoree

**** - Four-time honoree