Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the 2017 Academic All-America At-Large Teams on Monday. Williams Baptist College's Josh Chiles (JR/Little Rock, Ark. ) found himself on the second team for his efforts in the classroom, as well as on the mat in wrestling. He becomes the first Eagle wrestler in school history to earn Academic All-American honors.
"Josh is exemplary of what a student-athlete should strive to accomplish. He gives equal effort in both his wrestling and studies. We are proud of his accomplishments in the classroom, as well as on the mat," said Head Coach Kerry Regner.
The junior is studying biology at WBC and has a 3.88 grade point average. In addition to his success in the classroom, the Little Rock, Ark., native was an All-American in wrestling, finishing fourth in the NAIA's 184 lb. weight division. He became the first Arkansas high school graduate to become an All-American in the sport of wrestling at any level.
Chiles finished the season with a record of 26-11. He won an individual and team American Midwest Conference championship this past season and was named All-AMC. The Eagles wrestling program finished in fourth place at the NAIA National Championships this past season.