MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Norwich University's wrestling team had 13 different student-athletes pick up postseason honors from the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA), it was announced on Monday morning, led by National Championship qualifier Jacob Forsman (Voorhees, N.J.) being named All-NEWA Second Team.
Jacob Forsman's exceptional season concludes with an All-NEWA recognition, as he was named to the Second Team at 133-lbs after becoming the first Norwich wrestler in over a decade to qualify for the National Championship.
First Team All-NEWA was awarded to Bobby Jordan of Johnson & Wales University, the only athlete able to stop Forsman's amazing run at the New England Regional Championships where the Norwich senior defeated three straight NEWA-ranked wrestlers to qualify for the National Championships before falling to Jordan in the championship fight.
Stauffer finished in sixth place overall at the NCAA New England Regional, posting an even 14-14 record on the season, and finishing as one of only five Cadets with a double-digit win total (Curran, Duden, Wagner, Bressler) in 2019. After being named NEWA All-Academic a year ago, the Pennsylvania native rose to Scholar-Athlete status in 2019 as an add-on to his repeated All-Academic status. Stauffer carried a 3.52 cumulative GPA as a Criminal Justice major.
Daniel Curran caps one of the most successful rookie seasons in recent Norwich wrestling history with an All-NEWA Honorable Mention, a spot on the NEWA All-Rookie team, a NEWA Scholar-Athlete award, and an All-Academic honor after finishing seventh overall at the New England Regional. Curran led Norwich in a number of categories, including wins (21), match points (201), and reversals (13) among many others. In his first year as a Mechanical Engineering student at Norwich, Curran posted a 3.75 GPA.
The freshman becomes the first NEWA All-Rookie at Norwich since 2017, and he and Stauffer constitute the first All-NEWA Honorable Mentions since the same year.
As a team, Norwich finished with the tenth highest team Grade Point Average in the nation in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar rankings with a 3.620 team GPA. The rankings account for a team's ten regional starters with up to four alternates.
Norwich's team GPA was boosted by its 12 All-Academic award winners this year, as Stauffer and Curran are joined by Tyler Barker (Round Rock, Texas), Blaise Bressler (Fredericksburg, Pa.), Steve Briganti (Trumbull, Conn.), Gabriel Duden (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), Ben Forsman (Voorhees, N.J.), Isaac Hahr (Saint Johnsbury, Vt.), Zach Morris (South Glen Falls, N.Y.), Sean Randles (Las Vegas, Nev.), Cameron Smith (Duxbury, Mass.), and Drake Troyer (Lakewood, Colo.).