Hofstra senior wrestler Steve Bonanno has been named to the 2013 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)-Capital One Men’s At-Large Academic All-America first team, CoSIDA announced today.
Bonanno (Wantagh, NY), who was named to the Academic All-District 1 first team in May for the second consecutive year, earned his second Capital One Academic All-American honor after being named to the second team in 2012.
Bonanno’s latest accolade is the 11th time a Pride student-athlete has earned first team Academic All-America honors and the 30th time a Hofstra athlete has been named to the Academic All-America Team. He is the third Pride student-athlete to earn first team Academic All-America honors this year following Joe Burg in baseball and Olivia Galati in softball.
In addition, the 2012-13 academic year marks just the second time in school history that three student-athletes have earned Academic All-America honors following the 2004-05 school year in which men’s tennis player Nikola Djordjevic and women’s soccer player Chrissy Arnone earned second team honors and soccer player Michael Todd was named to the third team.
A Wantagh (NY) High School product, Bonanno is a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year having won the award in 2012 and 2013. He is also a three-time National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Academic Team member, receiving the award from 2011 through 2013. Bonanno recorded one of the Top Five grade point averages on the 2013 NWCA All-Academic team.
Bonanno 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. 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.
The CoSIDA-Capital One Men’s At-Large Academic All-America Team can include student-athletes from fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.