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Southern Maine’s Daniel Del Gallo Named First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American

Southern Maine’s Daniel Del Gallo Named First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American

GORHAM, Maine –  Listed among an elite group of NCAA Division III student-athletes nationally, University of Southern Maine senior standout wrestler and 2017 National Champions (149 pounds) Daniel Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) added yet another award to his collection with his selection to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American ® At-Large First Team as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 

A three-time captain of the Huskies' wrestling team, Del Gallo is a two-time winner (2015, 2016) of the NCAA's Elite 90 Award given to the top student-athlete at his or her sport's national championship event.  Breaking through in his third consecutive trip to the NCAA championship in his final season with USM, Del Gallo earned All-American status en route to claiming Southern Maine's first national championship in wrestling. 

Del Gallo is just the second Southern Maine student-athlete to earn first team Academic All-America ® honors, joining former women's basketball National Player of the Year and two-time All-American Ashley Marble (Topsfield, Maine) with the rare distinction.  Del Gallo is the first repeat Academic All-American in USM Athletics' history, earning second team honors in 2016.  Del Gallo is one of seven Huskies' to receive Academic All-American honors, along with former Husky standouts Alison Drury (women's college division fall/winter at-large, third team, 2000), Darryl Whitney (men's cross country/track and field, second team, 2003), Ashley Marble (women's basketball, first team, 2007), Molly Carl (women's cross country/track and field, third team, 2012), Chris Bernard (baseball, second team, 2014), and Mary Caron (softball, third team, 2017).

To be nominated for the Academic All-District team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 or above. Del Gallo carries a 3.957 GPA while majoring in Philosophy and Sociology.  With his repeat selection to the All-District first team, Del Gallo is now eligible for the Academic All-America ® national ballot.  The Division III Academic All-America ® teams will be announced at the end of May.  A 2016 second team Academic All-American ®, Del Gallo became just the sixth University of Southern Maine student-athlete to earn the prestigious academic award and the first to do so since former baseball standout Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine) earned second team honors in 2014. 

Recently named the 2017 Roland Wirths Memorial Award winner during the athletics' department year-end honors banquet, Del Gallo earned first team Academic All-District honors for the second consecutive season to gain eligibility for the Academic All-America ballot.  To qualify for nomination, a student-athlete must have cumulative grape point average (GPA) of 3.30 or higher.  Del Gallo has far exceeded the minimum academic qualification and recently graduated from Southern Maine with a double major in Philosophy and Sociology with a 3.947 grade point average. 

Del Gallo's repeat selection to the Academic All-America ® program is one of several academic, athletic or leadership honors he has earned during his remarkable career as a Husky student-athlete career. Concluding his career as the 2017 National Champion at 149-pound, Del Gallo ends his four seasons with Southern Maine wrestling as its most highly decorated student-athlete and all-time leader in wins with a record of 137-19. Completing his senior season with a near-perfect record of 45-1, Del Gallo is a three-time NCAA National qualifier, three-time NCAA Northeast All-Region place winner, and the third Southern Maine wrestler to earn All-American honors.  Named the 2017 New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) and Pilgrim Wrestling League Wrestler of the Year, Del Gallo is just the fourth Husky wrestler to compete at the national championship more than once in their career, joining USM greats Adam Farrington (1999, 2001), Mike Morin (2008, 2009, 2010), and Jonathan Deupree (2014, 2015).  Del Gallo became the third Husky wrestler to earn All-American honors, joining USM's head coach Mike Morin (2009, 2010) and Matt Ulrich (2010) on the coveted list. 

Del Gallo's achievements on the mat are equal to his success in the classroom as a four-time NWCA Scholar All-American, and a two-time recipient of the NCAA's Elite 90 Academic Award,  he is a three-time recipient of the William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete honor, and was named the 2016 USM Student-Athlete of the Year as a junior. 

       

University of Southern Maine 

Student Athletes who have been recognized by CoSIDA

Academic All-America ® of the Year

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball (College Division)

2007

 

 

 

 

Academic All-America ®

Daniel Del Gallo, Wrestling

First Team, 2017

 

Second Team, 2016

   

Mary Caron, Softball

Third Team, 2017

   

Chris Bernard, Baseball

Second Team, 2014

   

Molly Carl, Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

Third Team, 2012

   

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball

First Team, 2007

   

Darryl Whitney, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country

Second Team, 2003

   

Allison Drury, Field Hockey (Fall-Winter At-Large)

Third Team, 2000

 

 

 

 

Academic All-District One

Dan Del Gallo, Wrestling

First Team, 2017

   

Mary Caron, Softball

First Team, 2017

   

Nicole Kirk, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

First Team, 2016

   

Dan Del Gallo, Wrestling

First Team, 2016

   

Chris Bernard, Baseball

First Team, 2014

   

Molly Carl, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

First Team, 2012

   

Collin Henry, Baseball

First Team, 2010

Emily Artesani, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

Second Team, 2010

Justin Richardson, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country

First Team, 2010

   

Collin Henry, Baseball

First Team, 2009

Ryan Pike, Baseball

First Team, 2009

Stacey Kent, Women's Basketball

Second Team, 2009

   

Stacey Kent, Women's Basketball

Second Team, 2008

   

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball

First Team, 2007

Christa Hutchinson, Women's Track & Field

First Team, 2007

Virginia Flood, Lacrosse (At-Large)

Second Team, 2007

   

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball

First Team, 2006

   

Stacy LeBlanc, Soccer

Second Team, 2005

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball

Third Team, 2005

   

Darryl Whitney, Track/Cross Country

First Team, 2003

Sarah McLean, Softball

First Team, 2003

Amy Swanberg, Track/Cross Country

Second Team, 2003

   

Sarah McLean, Softball

Second Team, 2002

   

Allison Drury, Field Hockey (F-W At-Large)

First Team, 2000

Sarah Drury, Soccer (F-W At-Large)

Third Team, 2000

June LaVallee, Softball

First Team, 2000

Julie Plant, Basketball

Second Team, 2000

 

 

Julie Plant, Softball

First Team, 1999

June LaVallee, Softball

Second Team, 1999

Tracy Libby, Basketball

Second Team, 1999

Allison Drury, Field Hockey (F-W At-Large)

Second Team, 1999

 

 

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