Wrestler Theil receives academic honor
Athletics - posted on 3/10/2009
Senior Kory Theil, a member of the Lakeland wrestling team, has been named a Division III Academic All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, as the organization announced the 2008-09 honorees earlier this week.
According to Lakeland coach Pete Rogers, Theil's honor is the first of its kind received by a Muskie wrestler.
"I'm proud of Kory's accomplishment," Rogers said. "His ability to bring it from both the academic and athletic sides was huge for this team. It shows that we have quality wrestlers as well as good students at Lakeland College."
Theil, a 141-pounder, led the team with 77 nearfalls and finished third in wins (31, against 15 losses) and team points (137). The Crystal Lake, Ill., native finished as the runner-up in his weight class at the Northern Wrestling Association Tournament back on Feb. 14.
Theil has been instrumental in turning the Lakeland program into one that has been a regular in the national rankings for the past two seasons. After posting a 3-11 record in his freshman season, Theil improved to 18-16 in his second season and ended his career with 75 victories.
"Kory's had a heck of a career, and was one of the people who helped bring this program to the level it's at now," Rogers said. "Hopefully, with Kory getting this award, it opens the door for our other student-athletes."
Theil is majoring in Spanish with an international business minor. He currently holds a 2.98 cumulative grade point average, including a 3.2 GPA in the previous two semesters. Theil is in line to graduate this May.
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