By RANDY GREGORY
For the fifth time in the team’s history, and the third year in a row, the Rockford wrestling team was honored as an Academic All-State team by the Michigan Wrestling Association (MWA). The team continues to achieve in an area emphasized by head coach Brian Richardson in his efforts to field a team of young men who are well-rounded both as students and athletes.
“This year may not have produced the results we expect as a team on the mat at Rockford,” said Richardson. “But these kids never cease to amaze me with their efforts in the classroom. The wrestling association uses a formula where you not only need a few athletes with great GPAs (grade point averages), but to also produce a multitude of kids who excel academically. We are fortunate enough to have many of those kinds of students and athletes here at Rockford on our wrestling team.”
The MWA allows member schools to submit the GPAs of fourteen athletes with the caveat that they must have competed in at least five varsity matches. The 14 submissions from Rockford included no wrestlers with fewer than nine varsity matches. The average GPA from Rockford stood at 3.58 and the leader of the pack was Alex Antonakis at 3.92. The other 13 Rams included Brandon Houle, Jacob Watts, Trevor Bopp, Nick Guerra, Colton Sensiba, Stephen Jendritz, Samuel Merring, Mikah Hobson, Jacob Schneider, Aaron Ortiz, Luke Bera, Corey Ortiz and Nathan Rojas.