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Wrestling Team Brings Home Impressive Hardware

Junior Danny Mitchell at the NCAA Championships (Photo: Courtesy Athletics)

Junior Danny Mitchell at the NCAA Championships (Photo: Courtesy Athletics)

The AU wrestling team left the NCAA Championships with two All-Americans and the Elite 89 academic award winner.

Junior Danny Mitchell, Kogod ’13, from Broomfield, Colorado, received the NCAA Division I Wrestling’s Elite 89 award. The award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships. Mitchell, above and left, carries a 3.95 GPA.

“Danny’s the complete package as a student-athlete,” said AU coach Teague Moore.

The honor recognizes the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.

Seniors Ryan Flores and Ganbayar Sanjaa, capped their careers by earning All-American status for the second straight year. 

“I’m happy that they were able to end their careers as All-Americans,” said Moore.

Next season the Eagles return NCAA qualifiers Kevin Tao and Mitchell, and Moore is confident that incoming freshmen and other underclassmen like redshirt freshman David Terao will continue the program’s momentum. 

“We’ve got great recruits wanting to come to AU and wrestle. Our seniors can walk away from AU wrestling feeling comfortable with their careers,” Moore said.