Immediate Release: April 16, 2004
Binghamton University junior wrestler Josh Ruff (Bainbridge, N.Y./Bainbridge-Guilford) has been seleted as a Scholar-Athlete by the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The conference announced its five winter sports honorees, and Ruff was the choice for the sport of wrestling. Nominees must be a starter or important reserve with a minimum grade-point average of 3.20. The winners were selected by a vote of the CAA sports information directors.
A Dean's List student in computer science, Ruff advanced to the NCAA Championship for the second straight year. There, he won two matches at 141 pounds, securing enough points for Binghamton to place 54th in the nation as a team. Earlier Ruff captured the CAA Championship to become Binghamton's first Division I conference winner. He finished the 2003-04 season with a 27-7 overall record, including a sparkling 16-1 dual match record. In three seasons, Ruff compiled a 36-4 dual record, including back-to-back record-setting 16-win campaigns.
A two-time team MVP and NCAA Division I qualifier, Ruff will also be honored by the National Wrestling Coaches Association as an Academic All-American.
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