Josh Etzel Earns PAC SAAC Scholar-Athlete Of The Month
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College junior wrestler Josh Etzel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) was selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month for February.
Etzel has garnered a 3.8 grade-point average, while double majoring in biology and chemistry. During the 2011-12 academic year, Etzel was a National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American. He is a two-time PAC Academic Honor Roll selection.
On the mat, Etzel is enjoying one of the finest seasons in school history as he will be competing at the NCAA Division III Championships for the second-straight year on March 15-16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He will wrestle in the 157-pound bracket after competing as a 141-pounder last season.
Etzel earned his spot at the national tournament after placing third at the NCAA Mideast Regional by winning four of his five matches on March 2. Two weeks prior, Etzel claimed the 157-pound PAC title, the second league championship of his career.
He owns 34 victories this winter, the third-highest, single-season total in school history. Etzel is one of just 20 wrestlers in W&J history to earn at least 60 victories in a career as his current record sits a 65-10.
Each month the SAAC at PAC member institutions nominate student-athletes for Scholar-Athlete of the Month consideration based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Honorees must be a varsity member in their respective sport(s) and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athletes of the Month must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved within his or her campus community. Senior basketball player Kayla Taormina of Bethany was selected as the PAC SAAC Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month for February.