Hempstead, NY - Hofstra wrestler Steve Bonanno
has been voted to the 2013 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)-Capital One Academic All-District 1 Men's At-Large first team, CoSIDA announced Thursday afternoon.
Bonanno (Wantagh, NY), a 2012 CoSIDA-Capital One Men’s At-Large Academic All-American second team selection in 2012, will now advance to the men's at-large national ballot along with the first team honorees from the seven other districts. The 2013 CoSIDA-Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's At-Large Team, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected, will be announced on Thursday, June 6.
The CoSIDA-Capital One Academic All-America men's at-large district nominations can include student-athletes from fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Bonanno, the two-time (2012 & 2013) Colonial Athletic Association Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned his second Capital One Academic All-District 1 Men’s At-Large first team selection after being named in 2012.
He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting in May, 2012 but returned for the 2012-13 school year to begin work on a MBA degree and complete his final year of eligibility on the Pride Wrestling team.
Bonanno, a product of Wantagh High School, has also twice been named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Academic squad with the 2013 team announcement pending. He has also been a Dean’s List member during every semester at Hofstra, a five-time CAA Commissioner's Academic Award recipient and a member of the Hofstra Athletics Academic Honor Roll his entire career
On the mat, Bonanno, a 2012 NCAA All-American, reached the 125-pound finals at the CAA Championship all four years and was the CAA champion in 2012 and 2013. He had a 19-12 overall record in 2012-13 including a 12-9 mark in dual matches and a 6-0 record in the CAA. He captured his second CAA title at 125 pounds this past March, going 3-0 in the conference tournament and defeating the second seed Rob Deutsch from Old Dominion, 3-2 for the CAA title.
Bonanno, a four-time NCAA Championship qualifier, closed out his Hofstra career by winning 12 of his last 17 matches to finish with a 103-50 mark.