Oct. 15, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
A four-time All America wrestler and two dedicated student volunteers are the winners of the 2012 Admiral Land Award and Trophy. The presentations were made at Saturday's Wyoming-Air Force Homecoming football game. This year's award winner is All-America wrestler Joe LeBlanc, and the trophy co-winners are Ali Galey and Ryan Freeman.
The Admiral Land Award is presented to the student-athlete who has completed his or her Wyoming competition during the preceding academic year and demonstrated outstanding achievement in intercollegiate competition, exemplary personal conduct on and off the field, and maintained academic standing with satisfactory progress toward a degree. The Admiral Land Trophy is awarded to the student (non-athlete) who has done the most to promote Intercollegiate Athletics at the University during the previous school year.
The only four-time All-America wrestler in school history, LeBlanc wrapped up his stellar college career as Wyoming's all-time leader in wins with a record of 147-20, and is fourth on the all-time pins list with 39. He placed all four seasons at the NCAA Championships, finishing fifth (2009), fourth (2010), sixth (2011) and seventh (2012). In his senior year, LeBlanc compiled a 34-3 record and was ranked number one in the nation for most of the season at 184 pounds. The Meeker, Colo., native was a three-time Western Wrestling Conference champion and a four-time all-conference selection (three times first team). Also an outstanding student, LeBlanc was named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Individual Team three consecutive years with a 3.39 GPA in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. LeBlanc and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, Tyson and Colby. He is currently serving as an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Indiana.
Ali Galey has interned in the Wyoming Sports Properties office for the past three years. A marketing major, she helps out in the office with administrative tasks such as filing, scanning, copying, and inventory, and also assists with special projects such as setting up Tailgate Park and hanging banners and signs for sponsors. Eager to learn, Galey is always willing to help in any way asked of her and is proud to represent Wyoming. A native of Laramie, Galey adds a positive attitude and enthusiasm to the Athletic Department.
Ryan Freeman volunteered all of last season in the Cowboy Football office and continues to help as a work study student this year. He is in the office whenever he isn't in class, and has proven himself to be a valuable aide. With his willingness to help and tireless dedication, Freeman helps with tasks such as breaking down film, scouting reports, and administrative duties. He has also been assisting Coach Derek Sage in working with the wide receivers. A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., Freeman is majoring in Secondary Education and his area of emphasis is Geography.
The Admiral Land awards have been a special part of Homecoming since 1953. They are given as a tribute to distinguished UW alumnus Admiral Emory S. Land, class of 1898. Land was a World War II Shipping Administrator and head of the U.S. Maritime Service. At UW, he was a member of the first football team and four of the first five teams in school history.