Honorary Men’s Collegiate All-Americans announced for 2016-17 school year


LAFAYETTE, Colo. – USA Rugby has announced a list of 122 student-athletes named to the Men’s Collegiate All-Americans for the 2016-17 season. The comprehensive list includes a combined 30 players honored with First XV and Second XV recognition in 15s, 72 on the Honorable Mention list, and 36 athletes – including a dozen from the Division II ranks – as Sevens All-Americans.

“The Collegiate All-American staff, working with coaches around the country, the Collegiate Director, and HP Manager, have identified this year’s Honorary List,” USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American Head Coach Gavin Hickie said. “Each year, the All-American Honorary List becomes tougher to select, due to the increased competition and standards set by our student-athletes.

“Congratulations to all those selected and we hope to work with a number of these student-athletes in our game against Oxford University later this year.”

D1A Rugby‘s top-three ranked teams – Saint Mary’s College, Life University, and Cal – lead from the front with three players from each program receiving the nod for First XV selection. Life’s one-loss season paved the way for 10 total players to be named 15s All-Americans – more than any other school.

Harley Davidson (Life), Matt Jensen (Brigham Young University), Cody Melphy (Life), and Russell Webb (University of California, Berkeley) were the four lone All-Americans to return to the First XV from the 2015-16 First XV squad.

Lindenwood University, winner of the 2017 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships, had the most players rewarded with places on the All-American Sevens teams. Seven Lions made the All-American cut in the Olympic code of rugby, while the Division II College 7s National Champion, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, placed a pair of athletes on the DII All-American side.

Collegiate All1. Kevin Sullivan – University of California, Berkeley

2. Chad Gough – University of Utah

3. Chance Wenglewski – Lindenwood University

4. Connor Sweet – University of California, Berkeley

5. Matthew Jensen – Brigham Young University

6. Alec Barton – Saint Mary’s College

7. Kevin O’Connor – Saint Mary’s College

8. Maciu Koroi – Life University

9. Holden Youngert – Saint Mary’s College

10. Russell Webb – University of California, Berkeley

11. Harley Davidson – Life University

12. Cody Melphy – Life University

13. Bryce Campbell – Indiana University

14. Marcus Tupuola – Notre Dame College

15. Cristian Rodriguez – Lindenwood University

Collegiate All1. Estevan Florez – Life University

2. Peter Malcolm – Wheeling Jesuit University

3. Alex Maughan – Life University

4. Thomas Cheslek – Davenport University

5. Jeremy Lenaerts – Central Washington University

6. Malcolm May – Pennsylvania State University

7. Khristoffer Walser – Arkansas State University

8. Vili Helu – Saint Mary’s College

9. Roland Blackiston – California State University, Long Beach

10. Duncan van Schalkwyk – Life University

11. Tyler Sousley – Indiana University

12. Zach Young – Arkansas State University

13. Anthony Salaber – University of California, Berkeley

14. Sam Cusano – University of California, Berkeley

15. Dylan Audsley – Saint Mary’s College

Collegiate All

Dominique Bailey – Loose forward, Davenport University

Mickey Bateman – Scrum half, Lindenwood University

Lukem Beaumont – Center, Louisiana State University – Alexandria

Trace Bolstad – Scrum half, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Matt Brennan – Loose forward, Arizona State University

Maceo Brown – Center, Grand Canyon University

Chris Burian – Loose forward, Pennsylvania State University

Michael Cesar – Hooker, University of Southern California

Mitchell Cochell – Center, United States Air Force Academy

Colten Collings – Hooker, University of California, Davis

Connor Cudeback – Prop, California Polytechnic University

Jason Damm – Loose forward, Clemson University

Scott Dean – Fly half, Central Washington University

Sione Fangaiuiha – Center, Arkansas State University

Josh Farnsworth – Full back, University of California, Davis

Alex Faison-Donahoe – Wing, Kutztown University

Nick Feakes – Fly half, Lindenwood University

Jake Feury – Center, Middlebury College

Zach Forro – Center, Notre Dame College

Drew Gaffney – Loose forward, University of California, Berkeley

Brady Gent – Full back, Davenport University

Tomas Ghattas – Prop, Lindenwood University

Jake Glass – Prop, Kutztown University

Corey Graham – Fly half, Notre Dame College

Dan Gresser – Full back, Xavier University

Patrick Hafenbridle – Hooker, Bethel College

John Hayden – Prop, Central Washington University

Terrence Hellender – Loose forward, University of Wyoming

Jake Hidalgo – Wing, Indiana University

William Hock – Hooker, Boston College

Ryan Iskowitz – Prop, University of Mary Washington

Mike Islava – Lock, Life University

Luc Joseph – Hooker, University of Notre Dame

Thomas Kacor – Loose forward, Western Michigan University

Jackson Kaka – Loose forward, Brigham Young University

Jihad Khabir – Fly half, American International College

Jake Lachina – Full back, U.S. Military Academy West Point

Faaitua Laei – Wing, Brigham Young University

Isaiah Lopez – Center, New England College

Jordan Lupton – Loose forward, Florida State University

Alexander MacDonald – Loose forward, Life University

Brendon MacDonald – Fly half, Claremont Colleges

Vetekina Malafu – Wing, Kutztown University

Bradley Mapes – Wing, University of California, Davis

Aaron Matthews – Center, Saint Mary’s College

Hugh McAllister – Lock, Wheeling Jesuit University

Brian McKellar – Prop, Pennsylvania State University

Conor McNerny – Loose forward, United States Naval Academy

Ani Mteto – Center, Iowa Central Community College

Selby Niumataiwalu – Center, Pennsylvania State University

James Ronan – Scrum half, Pennsylvania State University

Alex Ruiz – Scrum half, Florida State University

Michael Scarcella – Center, Iona College

Chris Schoeman – Lock, Lindenwood University

Kevin Schofield – Wing, Brigham Young University

Kadis Simmons – Loose forward, Louisiana State University – Alexandria

Seimou Smith – Wing, Southern Connecticut State University

Nathan Sylvia – Prop, California Polytechnic University

Teddy Terezis – Fly half, Indiana University

Clayton To – Loose forward, Claremont Colleges

Vili Toluta’u – Loose forward, Central Washington University

Alex Vorster – Hooker, Brigham Young University

Zach Webber Wing, Brigham Young University

Dante Weeks – Wing, University of Arizona

Harley Wheeler – Wing, Life University

Jared Whippy – Fly half, Brigham Young University

Josh Whippy – Full back, Brigham Young University

Calvin Whiting – Center, Brigham Young University

Mitch Wilson – Full back, Life University

Dawit Workie – Fly half, Dartmouth College

Jacob Zinda – Wing, San Diego State University

Collegiate All

Cian Barry – University of California, Los Angeles

Alex Dorrier – Indiana University

Sione Fangaiuiha – Arkansas State University

Nick Feakes – Lindenwood University

Vetekina Malafu – Kutztown University

Cody Melphy – Life University

Cristian Rodriguez – Lindenwood University

Kyle Rogers – University of Arizona

Anthony Salaber – University of California, Berkeley

Tyler Sousley – Indiana University

Russell Webb – University of California, Berkeley

Collegiate AllMichael Baska – Lindenwood University

Maceo Brown – Grand Canyon University

Jack Casey – University of Arkansas

Sam Cusano – University of California, Berkeley

Reece Czarnecki – Davenport University

Chad Gough – University of Utah

Jihad Khabir – American International College

Lorenzo Thomas – Lindenwood University

Duncan Van Schalkwyk – Life University

Jimmy Wolfer – Saint Joseph’s University

Dawit Workie – Dartmouth College

Zach Young – Arkansas State University

Collegiate All

Dylan Carrol – Southern Connecticut State University

John Grams – University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Niklas Hathaway – Principia College

Tyrek Huntley – University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Ryan Johns – University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Kyle Kent – Drexel University

Nate Rolling – Norwich University

Troy Salt – University of Hartford

Semiou Smith – Southern Connecticut State University

Tom St. Pierre – Norwich University

Levi Van Lanen – University of Wisconsin, Whitewater