Bonanno Named Academic AA
Bonanno (Wantagh, NY), who became an Academic All-American candidate last month when he was named to the Academic All-District 1 first team, was also named to the 2011-12 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Individual All-Academic Team on May 8.
The CoSIDA-Capital One Academic All-America men's team can include student-athletes from fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Bonanno, the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned his second NWCA All-Academic Team honor recently after being selected in 2011. A junior majoring in accounting, Bonnano has also been a three-time CAA Commissioner's Academic Award recipient and a member of the Hofstra Athletics Academic Honor Roll his entire career. He also received 2011-12 Hofstra James M. Shuart Award as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Bonanno earned NCAA All-America honors after placing eighth in the 125-pound weight class at the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis. He posted a 31-9 record this season, including a 14-1 mark in dual matches. Bonanno was the 2012 CAA champion at 125 pounds and finished the year ranked #12 in the nation in his weight class. A three-time NCAA qualifier, he also posted a second-place finish at the Binghamton Open, was third at the Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational and placed sixth at the Southern Scuffle in 2011-12