Nebraska wrestler Josh Ihnen captured first-team Capital One Academic All-America honors, while women’s gymnast Emily Wong added a second-team pick when the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its men’s and women’s at-large teams Thursday, June 6.
Ihnen, an All-American on the mat for Coach Mark Manning’s wrestling team in 2012, became the 70th two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American across all sports for the Huskers.
The senior from Sheldon, Iowa, was a four-time NCAA qualifier for the Huskers, including an eighth-place finish at 184 pounds as a junior 2012. He finished his senior year with a 27-8 record and fell just one match shy of claiming All-America honors for the second straight year. He became the 21st wrestler in Husker history to amass 100 career victories.
Ihnen was a two-time academic All-Big Ten selection as a finance major, and he earned his bachelor’s degree in December of 2011. He competed as a graduate student for the Huskers in both 2011-12 and 2012-13. He was a three-time NWCA All-Academic selection, while his 3.87 GPA helped Nebraska post the second-highest wrestling team GPA in the nation (3.32) by the NWCA in 2012-13. The Huskers were honored as the NWCA’s No. 1 GPA team in 2011-12.
Ihnen earned the fourth CoSIDA Academic All-America award in the last three years for the Husker wrestling program, after Tucker Lane claimed back-to-back awards in 2011 and 2012. Ihnen is the fourth two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in Nebraska wrestling history, as the program has produced eight awards since 1997.
Wong, an eight-time All-American in competition for Coach Dan Kendig’s squad, earned her first CoSIDA Academic All-America honor as a junior in 2013. The native of Grand Forks, N.D., posted a stellar 3.92 GPA as a nutrition science major. She became the first Husker women’s gymnast to claim CoSIDA Academic All-America honors since Richelle Simpson in 2005.
Wong finished third in both the all-around and on floor exercise at the 2013 NCAA Championships to lead the Huskers. She was also the 2013 Big Ten All-Around champion, while capturing individual conference titles on bars, floor and beam. The two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection in competition is a also a two-time academic All-Big Ten award winner.
Wong captured the 13th CoSIDA All-America award in program history for the Husker women’s gymnastics team, while pushing Nebraska’s nation-leading total across all sports to 304.
Nebraska’s 2012-13 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (5)
· Rex Burkhead (Football), Sr. – First Team
· Josh Ihnen (Wrestling), Sr./Gr. – First Team
· Gina Mancuso (Volleyball), Sr. – First Team
· Sean Fisher (Football), Sr. – Second Team
· Emily Wong (Women’s Gymnastics), Jr. – Second Team