ORHAM, 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). READ MORE