Story courtesy of Central Michigan sports information office
MOUNT PLEASANT ? Central Michigan University senior wrestler Wynn Michalak (Caro, Mich./Caro HS) has been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large team.
Michalak was a second team selection. He is the second Chippewa wrestler in the past three years to earn Academic All-America honors, joining current assistant coach Mark DiSalvo. Michalak is one of just three 2008 NCAA All-Americans to also earn Academic All-America honors.
Michalak is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a double major in mathematics and physical education. He maintains a 3.81 grade-point average.
A three-time All-American, Michalak was the national runner-up at 197 pounds as a senior in 2008. He was a four-time Mid-American Conference champion and three-time MAC Wrestler of the Year. Michalak won at least 30 matches each of his four seasons and finished with a career record of 128-24 with 50 pins; he was 30-2 with 13 pins as a senior. Michalak was 18-1 in his career in MAC duals.
Michalak was selected as the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 2008. He was a four-time selection to the Academic All-MAC and National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic teams and was the inaugural recipient of CMU’s Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must have been an academic all-district first team honoree. The men’s at-large team includes student-athletes from the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
CMU won its 10th straight MAC championship and seventh straight conference tournament title in 2008. The Chippewas tied for seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships and had four individuals earn All-America honors.