Woulfe Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Navy’s Michael Woulfe (Sr., Oak Park, Ill.) closed out his wrestling career better than two months ago ,achieving his goal of being an NCAA qualifier. Then, just days before receiving his diploma from the Naval Academy and being commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy, he learned he was one of 58 recipients among all divisions to be awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Woulfe joins men’s cross country runner Sam Peckham and women’s swimmer Ellen Bradford who were recipients of the scholarship during the 2015-16 academic year.
Awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition, the NCAA grants up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually. The one-time, non-renewable scholarships of $7,500 are presented three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each season there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.
Woulfe enjoyed success both on and off the mat for the Navy wrestling program. An exceptional student, Woulfe earned his degree in physics behind a 3.93 grade-point average, earning a 4.00 GPA in each of the last six semesters. He graduated fourth in his class of 1,088 students in Overall Order of Merit which factors in both his Academic Order of Merit (#56) and Military Order of Merit (#5). A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District II First-Team selection and 2016 NWCA All-Academic Team member, he was named to the Commandant’s List every semester, the Superintendent’s List all but one semester and the Dean’s List once. Additionally, he was one of nine Trident Scholars at the Naval Academy this past academic year.
While he was a member of the team his first two years, it wasn’t until his junior year that he saw action in a varsity or junior varsity competition. He produced a 20-14 record at 184 pounds as a junior and followed up with a 30-14 mark this past season, pushing up to 197 pounds to make way for the return of 2016 All-American Mathew Miller. Additionally, he put together an 8-1 dual record this season, dropping his lone match to 15th-ranked John Bolich of Lehigh. Woulfe placed seventh at the EIWA Championship and received an at-large berth to compete at the NCAA Championship. He was one of three wrestlers on the team to reach the 30-win milestone this spring and one of 47 different wrestlers in program history.
At the annual Prizes and Awards Ceremony held during Commissioning Week, Woulfe was awarded the men’s Coaches’ Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.
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