Griess Earns CSC Academic All-District Honors

Grady Griess Navy Wrestling

ANNAPOLIS, Md. //  Navy water polo player Caden Capobianco (Sr / Laguna Beach, Calif.), women's lacrosse player Tori DiCarlo (Jr / Rosemont, Pa.), wrestler Grady Griess (Sr / Grand Island, Neb.), rifle athlete Clarissa Layland (Sr / Granbury, Texas), women's golfer Stephanie Lee (Sr / Southlake, Texas), men's lacrosse player Jackson Peters (Sr / Darien, Conn.), gymnast Matthew Petros (So / Broadview Heights, Ohio), women's rower Tenlea Radack (Jr / Washington, D.C.), women's rowing coxswain Maeve Swick (Sr / Annapolis, Md.) and men's golfer Benjamin Valdez (Jr / Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) earned Academic All-District accolades for at-large sports from the College Sports Communicators (CSC) this week. Nine of the 10 will advance to the national ballot that will determine CSC's Academic All-America Teams, which will be announced July 16 (women) and 17 (men).

To be eligible for the district ballot, student-athletes must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or better and reached their sophomore year academically and athletically. Additionally, the student-athlete must have participated in 90 percent of its respective sport's contests that season or have started in at least 66 percent of those contests.

Grady Griess / Wrestling
A two-time NCAA qualifier, Griess served as team captain for the Mids during the 2023-24 campaign. Just a year removed from winning the heavyweight title at the 2023 EIWA Championship, Griess led the Mids in victories this season with a 26-12 record, including an 8-4 mark in dual action. Additionally, he led the team in wins by fall with nine. A two-time EIWA All-Academic selection, he graduated from the Naval Academy with a 3.88 GPA with a degree in quantitative economics. He was among the top 15 percent of the graduating class Overall, Academic and Military Order of Merit (1,061 students) and garnered Commandant's (7x), Dean's (5x) and Superintendent's (3x) List honors multiple times over his four years.