athletics

Three Student-Athletes Achieve All-American Honors

Three athletes received All-American honors this year, with a women’s ice hockey player as the first in her sport to achieve that status. “Just watching these three athletes compete this year was amazing,” said athletic director Scott Musa. “Not only are they talented on the ice and on the mat, but also in the classroom; they’re great students. All three have certainly brought a lot of recognition to Wilkes University, and the fact that all three are coming back next year is even better,” he added.
Haylee Bouchard on the ice playing hockey
Cameron Butka during wrestling match with referee raising his hand
Cole Jungwirth on the ice playing hockey
Haylee Bouchard on the ice playing hockey

Haylee Bouchard ’27, women’s ice hockey

Haylee Bouchard, a first-year nursing student from Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada, was named to the 2023-24 CCM Hockey/American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-American team. Bouchard was selected to the AHCA Second Team East All-American squad after being named the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) Rookie of the Year while also appearing on the First-Team All-UCHC and UCHC All-Rookie Team. The forward won the UCHC Rookie of the Week three times throughout the course of the 2023-24 season and was honored as the UCHC Player of the Week on January 22. Bouchard becomes the first All-American in women’s ice hockey program history.
Cameron Butka during wrestling match with referee raising his hand

Cameron Butka ’25, wrestling

Cameron Butka, a junior biochemistry major from Scranton, Pennsylvania, achieved All-American status at the 2024 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship on March 15 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Butka, the No. 7 seed, defeated Dylan Harr of Johnson and Wales University to advance to the night session’s Quarterfinals. In the Quarterfinal bout, Butka faced No. 2 seed Coy Spooner of the United States Coast Guard Academy and won a hard-fought bout by an 8-6 decision, and then clinched a top-six position at the semifinals and All-American honors. Butka is the ninth Colonel wrestler to receive All-American status, and the first since 2015.
Cole Jungwirth on the ice playing hockey

Cole Jungwirth ’25, men’s ice hockey

Cole Jungwirth, junior corporate finance major from Bloomington, Minnesota, was named to the 2023-24 CCM Hockey/American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-American team. Jungwirth earned AHCA East Third Team All-American recognition after placing on the First Team All-United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) in March. Previously, the defenseman appeared on the 2022-23 First Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) as a sophomore. He is only the third Colonel men’s ice hockey player to attain All-American status, joining Donald Flynn ’22 and Michael Gurska ’22.