RIT's Cutugno garners NWCA Scholar All-America honors; Tigers earn team accolade
April 04, 2018


ROCHESTER, NY – Junior Joe Cutugno (Ventnor, NJ/Atlantic City) of the RIT wrestling team was named a 2018 Scholar All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, which revealed its academic awards at the NCAA Division III Championship.

In addition, RIT was one of 30 teams to be honored by the National Wrestling Coaches Association with a Scholar Team accolade for their excellent work in the classroom in 2017-18. The Tigers had a cumulative grade-point average of 3.43 during the 2017-18 season, was 24th nationally among Division III schools and third among Empire College Wrestling Conference programs.

In order to be named a Scholar All-American, a wrestler must have a 3.2 grade-point average and competed in the national tournament with a minimum .500 winning percentage or have placed in the top-six at the NCAA Regional Tournament.

Cutugno made his first appearance at the NCAA Championship at 184 lbs. this season, finishing 26-11 overall. He placed third at 184 lbs. at the NCAA Mideast Regional at Ithaca to earn his spot in the national championship. Cutugno, a team captain, was RIT's lone champion at the RIT Invitational on Dec. 2. Cutugno was named RIT Male Athlete of the Week on Dec. 4 and was third in his weight class at the ECWC Championships. A civil engineering technology major, Cutugno has a 3.52 cumulative GPA and is 47-41 in his RIT career.

The Tigers enjoyed another strong season in 2017-18, finishing with nine dual victories, while sending three wrestlers to the NCAA Championship for the second straight year.