da Silva, Dunn honored for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) released its annual end of season awards on Monday and a pair of Plymouth State University student-athletes were among those to be recognized by the league.
Sophomore Dylan da Silva (Bayville, N.J.) and freshman Billy Dunn (Sudbury, Mass.) were both honored with inclusion on the All-NEWA Academic Team. da Silva also received Honorable Mention All-NEWA recognition and was one of 261 individuals to be named a National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar Athlete.
To be eligible for NWCA Scholar Athlete a student must be at least a sophomore academically and maintain a 3.20 GPA for the previous full academic year. The All-NEWA Academic Team follows the same criteria regarding GPA, but does not require sophomore status.
Wrestling at 184 pounds all season, da Silva was the top performer for the second straight season. He posted a 13-10 record to improve to 24-12 for his career, winning five times by fall. He placed in all five tournaments he entered, highlighted by capturing the title at the Scott Viera Invitational and the Jim Aguiar Invitational in January, where he was also named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler. He also placed fourth at both the Doug Parker Invitational and Ted Reese Invitational, before wrapping up the season with a sixth place finish at the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championship last month.
Dunn posted a 9-15 mark in his rookie campaign competing at both 157 pounds and 165 pounds. He did the majority of his work at 165 pounds, where he finished 8-11. He also placed at the Aguiar Invitational, taking fourth in his class, while leading the Panthers by appearing in 24 bouts on the season.
"We are very proud of both Billy and Dylan and the way they represent this team," said first-year head coach Eric Bergeron. "Here at Plymouth State we strive for excellence both on the mat and in the classroom and they were able to achieve that this year."
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