Wyoming's LeBlanc Awarded National Strength and Conditioning Award

May 24, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Another post-season honor in yet another category was bestowed on Wyoming Cowboy wrestler Joe LeBlanc recently, when the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) awarded UW's 184-pounder with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award.

Within the last few months, LeBlanc has earned his second All-America honor on the wrestling mat after placing fourth at the 2010 NCAA Championships, has been recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association on its annual Division I All-Academic team and has now rounded out his resume with the distinction from the NSCA.

The classification awarded to LeBlanc by the NSCA recognizes student-athlete dedication to strength and conditioning training. He was selected for the honor by UW strength and conditioning coach Rob Hartman, CSCS.

"Joe LeBlanc is an athlete who has embraced the weight room and is reaping its benefits," Hartman said. "He began wrestling collegiately at 157 pounds and since that time has worked hard in the weight room throughout both the school year and summer months. Joe has gained both size and strength, which has contributed to his two All-America honors at 184 pounds. He has been awarded the title of a weight room leader, and in our program that is just like being an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for us. I look forward to having him around for the next few years and to the energy he brings to the weight room."

LeBlanc (Meeker, Colo.), had a dominant season in 2009-10. In addition to his afore-mentioned finish at nationals, he was the 2010 Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Year. He won his second NCAA West Regional Championship at 184 pounds and led the `Pokes to the 2010 West Regional team title, as well as the 2010 WWC Regular Season Dual team title. LeBlanc's season record was 39-6 with 28 bonus point margins. Twelve of his wins came by fall, 12 by way of technical fall and four by major decision. He earned a team-best 69 points this past season in 15 duals, an average of 4.6.

He was recently named the 2009-10 UW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's Male Athlete of the Year, as well as the 2009-10 DICollegeWrestling.net West Region Wrestler of the Year.

The NSCA honored a total of 232 collegiate athletes from 106 schools this year. The program is in its 32nd year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tenn., fitness product leader.