Eight Bears Get All-America Honors
BOULDER, Colo. – Four Golden Bears were named first-team All-Americans, with graduated captain Seamus Kelly getting the nod for 7s and 15s, and four others earned honorable mentions when USA Rugby released its list of the top players in the collegiate ranks for 2013-14 on Friday.
Kelly was joined by California’s Alec Gletzer, Tiaan De Nysschen and Josh Tucker on the first team of All-Americans, while James Kondrat and Jake Anderson earned honorable mention for 15s, and Paul Bosco and Brad Harrington received honorable mention for 7s.
“Our University is proud of these young men and their selections,” said head coach Jack Clark. “This is notable recognition for truly outstanding seasons. Most importantly, these students are equally impressive off the field as they are on. Again, we are all really proud of them.”
Cal’s newest member of its full All-America ranks is De Nysschen, bringing to 127 the all-time number of Rugby Bears named in the 15-a-side game, with a growing body of 7s All-Americans in the nascent Olympic code.
De Nysschen received the recognition for the first time to cap off his Bears career, which ended with an injury in the Varsity Cup National Championship final against BYU, while teammate Tucker also got the nod for a body of work that was ample enough to warrant his second selection although his final spring campaign ended in April also due to injury.
Gletzer was named an All-American for the third time in his collegiate career after a stalwart spring was followed by a successful selection with the Bears’ championship 7s run at the CRC, while Kelly made it a clean sweep of consecutive All-America selections in his Cal career, which he ended with an unprecedented third year as captain of the Blue and Gold while managing to play for the U.S. National Team as it qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Anderson battled through an injury throughout the second half of the season and made vital contributions to Cal’s second straight CRC 7s title, while Bosco and Harrington had strong returns to the lineup after missing significant time away from the pitch the year before. Kondrat was recognized for his impact after becoming a starter in the second row as a sophomore.