March 27, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - One University of Wyoming wrestling competitor was honored for his work away from the mat this week, as heavyweight Tanner Harms was named the Outstanding Junior for the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Harms, who studies mechanical engineering, has maintained a GPA of 3.857 this semester. He competes as a heavyweight for the Pokes, and compiled an 11-6 mark this season after missing two months of competition with an elbow injury. A junior in the classroom, he still has two seasons of eligibility remaining on the mat.
"Tanner is an outstanding student who has mastered time management," Wyoming coach Mark Branch said. "He does not let his athletic demands interfere with his education and we are very proud of this achievement."
Members of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, choose one student each year as the College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Junior. As part of a rigorous selection process, students with a high GPA are asked to complete a questionnaire covering educational and collegiate achievements, engineering activities, other academic activities, non-academic activities, honors and/or awards received and work experience. Students also provide a one-page personal statement and resume.
Potential honorees then give a 3-5 minute presentation to the honor society, which then makes its selection.
Stroh named as rookie of the year
UW redshirt freshman Benjamin Stroh was tabbed as the Western Wrestling Conference Freshman of the Year by www.D1CollegeWrestling.net. The award was announced this week by the site. Stroh joins past UW winners including Joe LeBlanc (2009) and Zach Zehner (2012).
Stroh was a solid addition to the Cowboy lineup this year at 184 pounds, going 28-8 with eight pins and five major decisions. He was tops at the WWC Championships/NCAA West Regional at 184 and was unbeaten in WWC action at 9-0. He earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, finishing 1-2.