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Shilson Named At-Large Academic All-American Of Year

Plus: Flores Named ASC Commissioner; Centennial Rebrand; Chung Named Wrestling Rules Editor

JUNE 22, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. Augsburg’s Shilson Named At-Large Academic All-America of Year

Recent Augsburg College graduate Tyler Shilson was honored as the Academic All-American of the Year as the College Sports Communicators announced its 2022-23 Academic All-America At-Large men’s team.

A three-time wrestling All-American, Shilson finished second at 157 pounds this winter, after placing third in both 2021 and 2022. He compiled a 4.0 GPA as a finance major.

The 16 members of the first team had a cumulative GPA of 3.96, while 21 of the 47 honorees finished with 4.0 GPAs.

First Team

  • Jarrett Anderson, Springfield, Sr., Volleyball, 3.89, Applied Exercise Science

  • Alex Andreozzi, Thiel, Sr., Lacrosse, 4.00, Business Adm./Philosophy

  • Michael Angers, Castleton, Sr., Wrestling, 4.00, History

  • Luke Aquaro, Hobart, Soph., Ice Hockey, 3.95, Economics

  • Kurt Bruun, Tufts, Sr., Lacrosse, 3.74, Civil Engineering

  • Reid Cooper, Curry, Grad., Ice Hockey, 3.82/4.00, Business Adm.

  • Ryan Gebhardt, MIT, Grad., Lacrosse, 3.95/4.00, Finance

  • Mason Kohn, Tufts, Sr., Ice Hockey, 3.93, International Relations

  • Lorenzo Mancaccini, Castleton, Jr., 4.00, Business & Management

  • Mason Nissley, Messiah, Sr., Volleyball, 3.98, Finance

  • Neil Randall, Baldwin Wallace, Sr., Lacrosse, 3.98, Physical Activity & Recreation

  • Tyler Shilson, Augsburg, Sr., Wrestling, 4.00, Finance

  • Charlie Stuhl, Augsburg, Soph., Wrestling, 4.00, Finance

  • Cooper Swift, Hobart, Soph., Ice Hockey, 4.00, Economics

  • Seth Turzo, Nazareth, Sr., Volleyball, 3.96, Biomedical Science

  • Evan Wetzel, Clarkson, Grad., Skiing, 4.00, Mechanical Engineering

» Next Up: The women’s team will be announced today.
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2. Flores Named ASC Commissioner

David Flores, Vice President for Governance at the Big 12 Conference, has been named Commissioner of the American Southwest Conference, as announced by the league’s Council of Presidents.

Flores has served as a Student-Athlete Academic Advisor, Director of Compliance Services, Director of Student-Athlete Support Services, Associate Commissioner for Compliance and Governance, and Vice President for Governance through his 25 years of intercollegiate athletics service.”

» Situational Awareness: A graduate of UTEP where he played football, Flores has also worked in athletics at New Mexico, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Texas State.

» Quotable: “I’m humbled by this opportunity, and I look forward to serving the student-athletes, coaches and administrators of the ASC member institutions in not only sustaining but strengthening the academic and athletic success of the American Southwest Conference.”

» What They’re Saying: “David Flores is a visionary leader with a proven track record of success and rich experiences throughout his career of service in collegiate athletics,” said Dr. Randy O’Rear, President of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

3. Centennial Rebrand

“The Centennial Conference unveiled a new brand identity and website in celebration of 30 years as a conference.

“It was vital that the Centennial Conference refresh our logo and solidify our story as we celebrate 30 years as a conference," said Executive Director Portia Hoeg. "Our vision was to create a brand that aligned to our status as an elite Division III league excelling academically and athletically. The result of this project is a timeless mark and collateral materials that are not only cohesive, but also representative of who we are as an organization.”

In conjunction with the brand refresh, the conference also revealed its new website, which will remain located at centennial.org via a partnership with SIDEARM Sports.

To create the updated identity, a full range of conference stakeholders were engaged in a collaborative process guided by New Jersey-based Skye Design Studios (SDS), a national leader in sport branding.”


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4. Chung Named Rules Editor

Jimmy Chung, coordinator of wrestling officials for the Atlantic Coast Conference for the past 10 seasons, was named the NCAA secretary-rules editor and weight management liaison for wrestling earlier this month.

Chung will begin his new role July 1 and will transition into the position alongside Chuck Barbee, the current NCAA secretary-rules editor, whose eight-year term expires Aug. 31.

A veteran college wrestling official, Chung officiated the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships from 2010-13, as well as 14 Division I conference championships during his career.”

» What They’re Saying: "The communication of not only the rules, but their correct interpretation and application to all parties, is paramount, particularly in a rules-change year," Chung said. "That will be my primary focus.”

5. Lightning Round ⚡️

🗞 News. The University of Rochester (N.Y.) filed a trademark infringement lawsuit last week against Rochester University (Mich.) over its recent name change. The U of R said it cannot tolerate people mistakenly believing “they are affiliated, connected, associated, sponsored, or approved by one another.”

⚾️ Baseball. The ABCA named its Division III Golden Glove Award winners.

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