Dieckhaus was one of 87 wrestlers in the country to earn the honor, which is given to individuals who boast at least a 3.3 GPA and either advance to the NCAA Championships or sport an excellent regular season win-loss record.
“It’s a great honor for Brad and for Northern Illinois wrestling,” said Huskie head coach Ryan Ludwig. “To be selected to this elite group is outstanding. However, to be recognized for maintaining the highest GPA in the country amongst these champions in the classroom and on the mat is something truly special.”
“This kind of honor embodies our spirit as a program to pursue excellence in all areas of life. Brad has been a great leader in that regard.”
The senior from St. Charles, Mo., finished the season with a 14-3 record and advanced to the NCAA Championships for a second-straight season. He also tied for the team lead in dual wins (11) and dual points scored (45), while recording five pins and two major decisions during the season.
Dieckhaus, who is in graduate school studying sport management, boasts a 4.0 GPA that ranked as the highest among the 87 wrestlers honored, beating out NCAA Elite 88 winner Daniel Mitchell of American and Tristian Warner of Old Dominion.
The Huskie senior becomes the first individual since Sam Hiatt and George Kirnan both won in 2004 to win the honor. He is also the fifth different NIU wrestler named to the list since it began in 1991.