Buena Vista junior Brad Kerkhoff has been named a Scholar All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) for the third straight year as announced on March 8.
Kerkhoff wrapped up his junior campaign at 22-9 overall, including a 6-1 mark in Iowa Conference action, and finished one win shy of making the award stand at the Lower Midwest Regional Tournament last week.
Nominees must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the previous full academic year. Transfers and freshmen are eligible if they've been in residence at their current institution beginning in the fall of 2016. On the competition side, wrestlers much be a national qualifier in 2016-17 and have a minimum win percentage of at least .500.
Additionally, wrestlers can also be considered if they placed in the top six at their respective regional tournament, a win percentage of .500 or better and competed in half of the institution's scheduled competition in NCAA championship events. A wrestler can also be considered if they have a win percentage of .670 or better and competed in half of the institution's scheduled NCAA events.
Overall, 67 different programs nationwide had at least one wrestler recognized which accounts for over 64 percent of active wrestling programs across Divsion III.
Kerkhoff will look to become the program's first-ever 4x Scholar All-American next season.