Wrestling: Trumbull trio named Academic All-American

Three members of the Trumbull High wrestling team were honored by the NHSCA as Academic All-Americans.

Tristan Haviland, Michael Mirmina and Dante Montanaro each achieved the honor.

Below is the write up from the NHSCA site and the full article is at: http://www.nhsca.com/page/2016AAA.

The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) is proud to announce the 2016 High School Academic All Americans for the 2015-16 school year. This year marks the 23rd year in which the NHSCA has honored those who triumph both in and out of the classroom.

This year’s selection totals 138 Academic All-Americans. These student athletes hail from 30 states. This year’s honorees excel in 13 different sports. The total breakdown is as follows: 12 freshman, 21 sophomores, 47 juniors and 58 seniors.

“This year’s Academic All-Americans are the epitome of what a student-athlete is. Not only do they excel on the playing field, mat, court, pool, or track, but they also excel in the classroom”, stated NHSCA Executive Director Bobby Ferraro. “These student-athletes are leaders in and out of the classroom and are the future leaders of tomorrow. We are proud to deem them Academic All-Americans.”

This year Virginia led the way with 20 Academic All Americans, followed by Connecticut with 17. Massachusetts and Pennsylvania followed closely with 13 each. The student-athletes averaged a 3.9 GPA, with 40 students coming in with a 4.0 or better.

All honored Academic All Americans will be recognized in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum, which is currently in the planning stage.

The following is a listing of the NHSCA’s 2016 Academic All-American Team, listed alphabetically by graduating class.

Tristan Haviland (Connecticut) competes in the sport of wrestling at Trumbull High School for coach Niko Filippakis. He was a New England Champion at 113 this year. Tristan had a 2016 season record of 40-5. He currently has a 3.5 GPA.

Michael Mirmina (Connecticut) competes in the sport of wrestling at Trumbull High School for coach Niko Filippakis. He is a two-time state placewinner, finishing fifth as a sophomore and fourth as a junior.

He had a 36-10 season record this year. Michael has a current GPA of 3.6.

Dante Montanaro (Connecticut) competes in the sport of wrestling at Trumbull High School.

He is a three-time state placewinner, finishing third his sophomore, junior and senior years. Montanaro had a 30-8 season record this year and has a career record of 112-19.

He has a 4.0 GPA and will attend New York University Stern School of Business. He will continue his wrestling career there also.