June 3, 2014
OREM, Utah -
A great year in the classroom was capped off for nine University of Wyoming wrestlers, as they were selected to two academic teams recognized Tuesday by the Western Wrestling Conference.
The WWC released its annual All-Academic squad which featured two Cowboys, along with seven UW competitors who appear on the WWC Coaches' Honor Roll. Sophomore Tanner Harms and junior Leland Pfeifer were two of the 27 All-Academic selections, while sophomore Austin Breckenridge, redshirt freshman Cole Ford, freshman Luke Paine, freshman Kyle Pope, junior Brandon Richardson, redshirt freshman Benjamin Stroh and junior Robert Stroh joined 43 other league wrestlers on the Coaches' Honor Roll.
For the All-Academic team, student-athletes had to secure a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve. The Coaches' Honor Roll recognizes all student-athletes who maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA. This year's academic awards honored 77 student-athletes from the six conference schools for their work in the classroom.
The nine Cowboys honored represents the highest number since 2011, when 10 UW wrestlers were recognized.
The Western Wrestling Conference is comprised of six schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.
All-Academic Team recipients
Tanner Harms: The sophomore heavyweight made his second-straight All-Academic team, boasting a 3.86 GPA in mechanical engineering. Harms finished second in the entire league in GPA after leading in the league in 2013 in that category. With an 11-6 mark for the season, he placed fourth at the West Regional. Harms also was a 2012 Coaches' Honor Roll selection.
Leland Pfeifer: A junior heavyweight, Pfeifer made an appearance on the All-Academic squad for the second-straight season with a 3.53 GPA in geography. Wrestling up from 184 pounds to heavyweight, he racked up 10 wins with 12 losses. Pfeifer also made the Coaches' Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012.
Coaches' Honor Roll recipients
Austin Breckenridge: The 149-pounder scored a 3.06 GPA in elementary education in the classroom, while posting a record of 12-8.
Cole Ford: Battling injuries nearly all season, Ford posted a mark of 4-1 at 141 pounds, but came in with a strong 3.26 GPA in animal science. He made his second-consecutive honor roll appearance.
Luke Paine: Redshirting in his first season with the program, the 174-pound rookie racked up a 3.69 GPA in general studies. He also went 16-12 for the season.
Kyle Pope: A freshman, Pope was 18-11 at 174 in his redshirt season. But he hit the books early and often, bringing home a 3.54 GPA in business administration.
Brandon Richardson: A season-long starter at 149, Richardson put up a 3.12 GPA in kinesiology and health promotion in the classroom, while going 17-15 on the mat. Richardson was a 2011 Coaches' Honor Roll honoree.
Benjamin Stroh: A banner year in the competitive realm was complemented by a 3.03 GPA in business administration for Stroh. He went 28-8 overall, won the West Regional, qualified for his first NCAA trip and was named the conference's freshman of the year. Stroh was an honor roll selection for the second-straight season.
Robert Stroh: Big brother also did some damage in the classroom, as the elder Stroh garnered a 3.03 GPA in business administration. The 157-pound junior posted a 3-1 mark in an injury-shortened campaign. He also was a Coaches' Honor Roll selection in 2011 and 2012.