GEORGETOWN — Over the past three years, Ipswich High School junior Constantine Galanis has established himself as one of the area’s top wrestlers, and now he’s earned recognition as one of the nation’s top student athletes as well.
Galanis was selected as an Academic All-American this past weekend by the National High School Coaches Association, which seeks to honor athletes that excel both in and out of the classroom.
In order to be eligible for Academic All-American recognition, an athlete must have a GPA of a least 3.5, and in the case of wrestling, they have to place at the state tournament. Galanis, who wrestles for the Georgetown-Ipswich wrestling team, was selected by virtue of his 3.78 GPA and his career record of 119-41, which includes two top six finishes at states and a top six finish at All-States.
Georgetown wrestling coach Ryan Archambault said he nominated Galanis for the award when he realized that he’d be eligible, and he found out that he’d been selected on Friday when the NSHCA published its list. Galanis said he found out shortly afterwards, and needless to say he was very excited.
“I was in the gym and I got a text from coach last week around this time and I was pretty excited,” Galanis said. “I called my parents and told them, and I was just really happy.”
The Academic All-American selection was the latest in a series of honors that Galanis and his teammates at Georgetown have received this past season. The Royals-Tigers earned the MIAA’s Gold Standard of academic achievement over the winter after the team’s cumulative GPA came in over 3.0, and in February, Galanis became the first Georgetown wrestler to place at All-States in decades.
Given his success, Archambault said he’s hopeful that Galanis will serve as an inspiration for his younger teammates, who will now know that if they work hard enough, they can also earn that kind of recognition.