June 3, 2011
A total of 10 University of Wyoming wrestlers were recognized by the Western Wrestling Conference for their accomplishments in the classroom on Friday, as the league announced its 2010-11 All-Academic Team and Coaches' Honor Roll. UW's 10 honorees are its most in the five-year history of the league.
Senior Cole Dallaserra, junior Joe LeBlanc and junior Joe O'Farrell paced the Cowboy contingent with selections to the All-Academic Team. Dallaserra earned his second-straight spot on the squad and third overall, after being named to the honor roll two seasons ago. O'Farrell was on the honor roll twice before, and LeBlanc was last season. Dallaserra and LeBlanc were also named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team earlier this month.
Junior Alfonso Hernandez earned his third academic honor from the WWC to pace UW's representatives on the Coaches' Honor Roll. He has been on the honor roll twice and All-Academic Team once. Sophomore Michael Poulos was named to the honor roll for a second-straight season, while senior Shane Doughman, redshirt freshman Jake Eitzen, freshman Leland Pfeifer, freshman Brandon Richardson and freshman Robert Stroh claimed their first academic honor.
To qualify for the All-Academic Team, student-athletes must secure a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade-point average, be a starter or key reserve and be a sophomore or higher in academic standing. The Coaches' Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes who have maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
All together, the 2010-11 total of 71 student-athletes is a record for the WWC and a large increase from the 56 that were named a year ago. The WWC is comprised of seven schools including Air Force, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.
Coaches' Honor Roll
Shane Doughman, 133, Sr. - 3.80 GPA, Kinesiology
Jake Eitzen, 133, RFr. - 3.03 GPA, Marketing
Alfonso Hernandez, 197, Jr. - 3.52 GPA, Kinesiology
Leland Pfeifer, 197, Fr. - 3.44 GPA, Geology
Michael Poulos, 184, So. - 3.62 GPA, Kinesiology
Brandon Richardson, 149, Fr. - 3.16 GPA, Kinesiology
Robert Stroh, 157, Fr. - 3.14 GPA, Mechanical Engineering