Newberry College wrestling duo make Newberry history


NEWBERRY — The Newberry College wrestling duo of Jared Holliday and Seiji Borja have made Newberry history, as both 2015 graduates earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

Holliday was named to the Division II At-Large Second Team, while Borja earns Division II At-Large Third Team honors.

The pair share of the honor of the first Newberry College student-athletes to repeat as Academic All-Americas, with Holliday winning the award in 2014 and Borja earning the honor in 2013.

All told, Newberry now has 19 Academic All-America winners in the history of the program.

Jared Holliday (Burlington, N.J.) graduated cum laude in May with a 3.64 grade point average, majoring in international business. On the mat, he had a 27-10 record in his senior campaign, tying for the team lead in total victories. He had 10 wins by fall, one win by technical fall and three wins by major decision.

In 2014-15 he was champion of the King Open, finished fourth at the Midwest Classic and fifth at the North Carolina State Wolfpack Open and Super Region II Tournament. He was named to the Division II Wrestling Coaches’ Association All-Academic first team in 2015 and 2014 and was a second team member in 2013.

He finished in sixth place at the 2014 NCAA Division II National Tournament as a junior to earn All-America honors. On campus he was Vice President of Phi Beta Lambda (Future Business Leaders of America) and volunteered at the Newberry County Literacy Center and Newberry Adult Education Center.

Seiji Borja (North Charleston) graduated cum laude in May with a 3.69 grade point average in nursing. He went 22-11 on the mat in his senior season, eclipsing the 100 career victory mark. He was runner-up at the King Open, finished in third place at the Midwest Classic and came in fifth at the Super Region II Tournament.

He has been on the Dean’s List in every semester he was enrolled at Newberry, was a student marshal and earned Division II Wresting Coaches’ Association All-Academic second team honors in 2015 after being named to the first team in both 2013 and 2014.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.