Three Panthers Named NWCA Scholar All-Americans

By Jerek Wolcott Assistant Athletic Director of Communications

MANHEIM, PA. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association named three Panther wrestlers Scholar All-American Award Winners, the association announced Thursday.

Jay SchwarmMax Thomsen and Bryce Steiert were all recognized by the association for their combined academic and wrestling performances.

Thomsen was 20-8 on the year and finished sixth at the Big 12 Championship after going down with an injury. He received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship and the No. 13 seed in the field. He was named honorable mention All-American by the NWCA. He has a 3.36 GPA with a double major in Marketing: Sales Management and Organizational Leadership.

This is Thomsen's fourth NWCA All-Academic Award. He is the first Panther in school history to earn the honor four years. Nick Baima, Kyle Hansen, Steiert and Andrew Anderson all earned the honor three times.

Schwarm closed the season as the DI Pin Champion with 16 Division I pins and 17 overall. He was 21-10 overall and finished fourth at the Big 12 Championship. He was the 17th seed at the NCAA Championship before the event was canceled. He earned a 3.07 GPA in communications.

Steiert finished with a 27-3 mark and was the fifth seed in the NCAA Championship after capturing his first Big 12 title. He had two pins and a major decision win in the Big 12 Championship, including the only fall in the title round. His team point total of 24 points was the most of any wrestler in the field in Tulsa. His three losses on the year are all against top-11 opponents and they were by a total of four points, including a sudden victory loss. He was named First-Team All-American by the NWCA. In the classroom,he tallied a 3.26 GPA in Business Administration. This is Steiert's third NWCA Scholar Award.

With the three 2020 honorees, UNI now has 44 total honors dating back to 1991.