A Trio of Jayhawk Grapplers Earn NWCA Scholar All-American Honors
July 30, 2021


MANHEIM, Pa. - The National Wrestling Coaches Association announced their 2021 Scholar All-American honorees within the NJCAA with awards going to 67 individuals from 16 institutions.

"It is my honor on behalf of the NWCA and our Board of Directors, to acknowledge and honor this year's Scholar All-Americans," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "This year's honorees overcame steep obstacles and showed a tremendous amount of discipline to achieve in the classroom as well as on the mat."

Among the 67 student-athletes that were recognized, Taige Jones, Trenton Donahue, and Andrew Bungar, led the way for the Jamestown Community College wrestling team.

"I am beyond proud of Taige, Trenton, and Andrew for showing what it means to be a true student-athlete," said wrestling head coach Kris Schimek. "Not only were they some of the hardest workers on the mats, but off the matts too. As a coaching staff, we preach that academics come first, and the reason we comes to school is to get a degree, wrestling comes second."

Jones, the Bemus Point native, studied criminal justice during his two years as a Jayhawk while having a successful season on the mat. Jones posted a record of 11-4 including a 3-2 record at nationals in the 133 pound weight class. Jones was also named to the Dean's List during the fall semester.

Donahue, the DuBois, Pa. native, is majoring in sport management during a stellar freshman year. Donahue had a decorated season as a Jayhawk on the mat, compiling a record of 12-2, being named NJCAA Region 3 Most Outstanding Wrestler, NJCAA Eastern A District Champion, and a NJCAA National Championship qualifier as a 141 pounder. Donahue was also named NJCAA Region 3 Academic All-Region, WNYAC Academic All-Conference, while also making the Dean's List in the fall and spring semesters.

Bungar, the Hermitage, Pa. native, is majoring in physical education during his freshman year. Bungar was a NJCAA National Championship qualifier this past season after finishing second in the Eastern A District Championship in the 165 weight class. Bungar was also named WNYAC All-Conference and made the Dean's List during the fall semester.

Jones, Donahue, and Bungar were the only representatives of all of Region 3 to earn such honors.