COLUMBIA, Mo. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) has announced its annual Division I All-Academic True Freshman team, with Missouri grappler Alan Waters being named as one of five grapplers to make the list.
The award recognizes true freshman from the 2010-11 wrestling season who completed two full semesters at their institution and also met a particular GPA and competition mark.
Waters, who is majoring in business, posted a cumulative GPA of 3.21 during his freshman year, while also emerging as one of the nation’s best 125-pound wrestlers. The Kansas City, Mo., native won his first 24 matches last season, and finished with an overall record of 39-7 while earning a bid to the 2011 NCAA Championships. He was 20-3 on the season in duals and led the squad with 11 falls during the year. His 39 victories were the eighth-most in a single season at Missouri.