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CLEVELAND -- Redshirt sophomore Trevor Giallombardo (Petoskey, Mich.), redshirt junior Kade Kowalski (Nashport, Ohio) and redshirt freshman Mason Kroening (Aurora, Ill.) represented Ohio wrestling on the 2019 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, as announced by the league office today.
A total of 23 student-athletes across MAC wrestling were named to this year's squad.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for a particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award. Outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments for the current season are only considered.
A bios pre professional major, Giallombardo garnered Academic All-MAC recognition for the second year in a row. Competing at 125 pounds, he tallied eight wins on the season, including one by technical fall. He recorded two victories at both the Cleveland State Open (Dec. 15) and Edinboro Open (Feb. 2).
A management information systems major, Kowalski competed at 149 pounds and 157 pounds and posted an 11-9 record with two dual wins, four wins by major decision and two by technical fall. He recorded three victories at the Michigan State Open (Nov. 3), two at the Navy Classic (Nov. 17) and four at the Edinboro Open (Feb. 2). He earned a 4-2 win by sudden victory over Gardner-Webb's Evan Schenk, helping the Bobcats record a 31-15 win over the Runnin' Bulldogs on Feb. 23. Kowalski garnered Athletic Director Honor Roll recognition this year.
A management and strategic leadership/entrepreneurship major, Kroening competed at 197 pounds and posted nine victories on the season, including one by fall and one by major decision. He Picked up three wins at the Michigan State Open (Nov. 3), three win at the Storm Open (Dec. 2) and two at the Cleveland State Open (Dec. 15). Kroening also garnered Athletic Director Honor Roll recognition this year.
Under the leadership of 22nd-year head coach Joel Greenlee, Giallombardo, Kowalski and Kroening helped the Bobcats go 8-6 in the regular season with four MAC victories. Ohio placed fifth at the 2019 MAC Championships, which were held March 8-9 in Norfolk, Va.