Three Wolverines Win CoSIDA At-Large All-America Academic Honors

Three Wolverines Win CoSIDA At-Large All-America Academic Honors

06/14/2022 12:05:00

// Leah Howard, Kristy McNeil, Scott Kemps

• Michigan University All-Americans

ANN ARBOUR, Mich. — Three University of Michigan student-athletes — Myles Amine (wrestling, first team), Matty Beniers (ice hockey, third team) and Paul Judah (Men’s Gymnastics, Third Team) – have been named to the 2022 At-Large CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Men’s Teams, announced Tuesday, June 14, by the College Sports Information Directors of America. All three selections are tied for Michigan’s widest men’s category in a college year (2015).

General sports for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program include Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, and Water Polo for men and women, as well as beach volleyball, bowling, field hockey and rowing for women, and volleyball and wrestling for men.

The 2022 At-Large CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Women’s Teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 15.

Amine was previously named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team last season and is the third Michigan wrestler in program history to earn Academic All-America recognition, along with Eric Tannenbaum (2006, ’07, ’08 ) and Adam Coon (2018). Also a five-time Academic All-Big Ten and NWCA Scholar Award recipient, Amine earned his master’s degree in sports management this spring after earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Amine was the NCAA runner-up at 184 pounds in 2022 and became the first five-time winner and All-American at the NCAA championships, adding to the previous top four finishes at 174 and 197 pounds. He captured the 184-pound crown at the Big Ten Championships, nearly winning UM’s first conference tag team title since 1973, and was named the championships co-wrestler. A two-time Big Ten champion, he finished his college career with a 125-23 record, including 21-2 this season. Internationally, Amine captured Olympic bronze at 86kg/189lbs last August in Tokyo and, less than two weeks after the end of the collegiate season, he won his first European championship in Budapest.

Beniers, a sports management major, wins CoSIDA Academic All-America for the first time in his career and is the fourth Michigan ice hockey player to win to do so, joining Jeff Jillson (2002) Zach Hyman (2015) and Straus Mann (2020 , ’21).

A first-team All-American and Big Ten scoring champion, Beniers was a finalist for the Big Ten Player of the Year award and a unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten selection. He served as alternate captain for the Wolverines in 2020-21 and helped guide the team to the Big Ten Tournament Championship and the Frozen Four. A points-per-game player, Beniers has recorded 67 points in 61 career games. Michigan’s Rookie of the Year last season, he was the second pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, and after the 2021-22 season ended, he started his NHL career on a five-game streak with one point, just behind Wayne Gretzky, and had nine points in 10 games.

Matty Beniers

A psychology graduate, Judah is a CoSIDA Academic All-American for the first time in his career and becomes the second Michigan men’s gymnastics team representative to win the prestigious honor, joining Justin Toman (2002).

Judah won two titles at the 2022 NCAA Championships, taking the all-around victory with an 85.298 and scoring a 15.000 on the jump en route to tying Sam Mikulak’s modern-era school record of six All-America honors. He also placed in the top four on high bar (second, 14.566) and parallel bars (fourth, 14.366) and placed eighth on floor exercise and high rings. His all-around title was Michigan’s since the 2014 season (Mikulak), while his jumping title was the program’s first overall crown since Anthony McCallum in 2019 (vaulting). Judah was named the Big Ten gymnast of the championships after winning a Big Ten high bar title and first-team All-Big Ten honors. He is currently a member of the United States Senior National Team.

Paul Judah

Michigan now has seven student-athletes who have earned All-America academic honors in the 2021-22 academic year. Aidan Hutchinson (soccer, first team), David Ojabo (soccer, second team), Andrew Vastardis (soccer, second team) and Marc Ybarra (men’s football, third team) all achieved recognition after the fall season.

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