Lewis and Tassoni Earn Scholar All-America Honors

MANHEIM, Pa. -- The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) recently announced its 2014 Division III Scholar All-Americans and Washington and Lee University had two student-athletes honored.

Sophomore Ron Tassoni (Media, Pa. / Haverford School) and first-year Bennett Lewis (St. Louis, Mo. / Westminster Christian) are among the 161 NCAA Division III wrestlers to achieve the award. 

Including Tassoni and Lewis, W&L wrestlers have garnered the honor 28 times since 1984 and the pair are the first to earn the distinction since Sam Campbell '12 and David Dennis '12 in 2012.

Tassoni was the first W&L wrestler since 2001 to earn First Team All-Centennial Conference honors after he claimed the Centennial Conference Championship at 174 pounds this winter.  He went on to place fourth at the NCAA East Regional, narrowly missing a bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.  Tassoni finished with a 22-9 overall record.

Lewis placed second at the Centennial Conference Championship in the 197-pound weight class.  He later finished fifth at regionals, also coming within one match of advancing to the NCAA Championships.  Lewis completed his rookie campaign with a 21-10 overall mark.

To qualify for the NWCA Scholar All-America team, a wrestler must have a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) and one of the following: Be a national qualifier with a winning record, a regional placewinner with a winning record or have a season winning percentage of 67.0 percent or better.  They must also have competed in at least 50 percent of the team's matches.

Washington and Lee completed the season by finishing 14th out of 17 teams at the NCAA East Regional.  The Generals also placed sixth out of nine teams at the Centennial Conference Championships, the program's highest finish in four years.

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