Seven UW Wrestlers Honored as WWC Rewards Academic Success for 2009-10 Season

June 4, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


Following the recent completion of the 2009-10 school year, the Western Wrestling Conference has announced its All-Academic Team and Coaches' Honor Roll for the past season. This year's academic awards honor 56 student-athletes from the seven conference schools for their work in the classroom.

Seven total Wyoming Cowboys made their way onto the lists: Cole Dallaserra, Tyler Davis, Alfonso Hernandez, Joe LeBlanc, Joe O'Farrell, Michael Poulos and Cory VomBaur. Dallaserra, Davis and Hernandez were placed on the All-Academic team, while the other four were named to the Coaches' Honor Roll.

The All-Academic team features 20 grapplers who balanced school work and time on the wrestling mat to meet the fourth-year league's highest academic standards. South Dakota State led all conference teams with five wrestlers on the list. In the top two spots, North Dakota State's Tyler Johnson boasts a perfect 4.00 GPA in biology (pre-dental) and the Jackrabbits' Aaron Pickrel has a 3.90 GPA in pre-medicine. Hernandez was tops on this team for Wyoming with a 3.40 in kinesiology/health promotion.

36 additional student-athletes were named to the Coaches' Honor Roll for their dedication to academics. UW was led by O'Farrell and Poulos who each have a 3.59 GPA, in finance and kinesiology/health promotion respectively. The Air Force Academy had the most student-athletes on the two combined teams with 16.

The 2009-10 total of 56 is a slight increase over last season when 53 wrestlers were placed on the lists.

To qualify for the All-Academic team, student-athletes had to 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 grade point average.

The Western Wrestling Conference is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

2009-10 Western Wrestling Conference All-Academic Team
Wrestler (School), Weight, Year - Cumulative Grade Point Average, Major

  • Cole Dallaserra (Wyoming), 149, Jr. - 3.36, Range Ecology/Watershed Management
  • Tyler Davis (Wyoming), 157, So. - 3.33, Finance
  • Neil Delaney (Air Force), 197, Jr. - 3.38, Systems Engineering Management
  • Casen Eldredge (Utah Valley), 184/Hwt., Jr. - 3.29, Business Management/Entrepreneurship
  • Charlie Ettelson (Northern Iowa), 149, RSr. - 3.46, Biology
  • Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming), 197, So. - 3.40, Kinesiology/Health Promotion
  • Tyler Johnson (North Dakota State), 165, So. - 4.00, Biology (pre-dental)
  • Brandon Kammerzell (Northern Colorado), 174, So. - 3.20, Accounting/Finance
  • Kevin Kelly (South Dakota State), Hwt., RJr. - 3.30, Health/Physical Education & Recreation
  • Ed Matthews (Northern Colorado), 197, Jr. - 3.78, Biological Sciences/Secondary Teaching
  • David Michaud (South Dakota State), 184, RSo. - 3.29, Journalism
  • Seth Moe (South Dakota State), 149, Fr. - 3.59, Pre-Pharmacy
  • Justin Morrill (Utah Valley), 149, Jr. - 3.57, Social Work
  • Jeffrey Newby (Utah Valley), 141, Sr. - 3.75, Business Management/International Business
  • Aaron Pickrel (South Dakota State), 125, RFr. - 3.90, Pre-Medicine
  • Joe Rasmussen (South Dakota State), 174, Fr. - 3.27, Civil Engineering
  • Flint Ray (Utah Valley), 133, Jr. - 3.76, Business Management/International Business
  • Vince Salminen (North Dakota State), 157, Jr. - 3.26, Construction Management
  • Joshua Smith (Air Force), 174, Sr. - 3.68, Aeronautical Engineering
  • Justin Solberg (North Dakota State), 125, So. - 3.66, Finance

    2009-10 Western Wrestling Conference Coaches' Honor Roll
    Wrestler (School), Weight, Year - Cumulative Grade Point Average, Major

  • David Alvarez (Northern Colorado), Hwt., Sr. - 3.50, Masters in Sociological Practice
  • Brett Bahe (Northern Colorado), 133, RSo. - 3.14, Business Management
  • Dustin Bauman (Northern Iowa), 197, RJr. - 3.08, Construction Management
  • Bryce Drefke (South Dakota State), 184, Fr. - 3.10, Pre-Nursing
  • Caleb Egli (Air Force), 197, So. - 3.06, History
  • Jared Erickson (Air Force), 197, Fr. - 3.58, Civil Engineering
  • Mark Erickson (North Dakota State), 141, RFr. - 3.02, Physical Education
  • Michael Erickson (Air Force), 157, Sr. - 3.01, Behavioral Sciences
  • Jonathan Fonbuena (Air Force), 133, Fr. - 3.31, Biology
  • Clay Frost (Utah Valley), 157, Fr. - 3.18, Undeclared
  • Thomas Gorry (Air Force), 157, Sr. - 3.02, Aeronautical Engineering
  • Nick Hagar (South Dakota State), 149, Fr. - 3.12, Biology
  • Kazden Ikehara (Air Force), 197, Jr. - 3.18, Systems Engineering Management
  • Ryan Jauch (Northern Iowa), 125, RFr., - 3.01, Biology
  • Tyler Johnson (South Dakota State), 133, Fr. - 3.03, Manufacturing Engineering
  • Will Johnson (North Dakota State), 174, RFr. - 3.60, University Studies
  • Benjamin Kjar (Utah Valley), 125, Jr. - 3.17, Business Management/Entrepreneurship
  • Joshua Larson (Air Force), 197, Jr. - 3.02, Computer Science
  • Stephen Larson (Air Force), Hwt., Sr. - 3.03, Management
  • Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming), 184, So. - 3.11, Kinesiology/Health Promotion
  • Josh Mohr (Air Force), 197, Fr. - 3.01, Systems Engineering Management
  • Brandon Mueller (Air Force), 141, Fr. - 3.72, Undecided
  • Daniel Nissen (Air Force), 165, Fr. - 3.55, Undecided
  • Kevin O'Brien (Northern Colorado), 165, Fr. - 3.33, Mathematics/Secondary Teaching
  • Joe O'Farrell (Wyoming), 184/197, So. - 3.59, Finance
  • Michael Poulos (Wyoming), 184, RFr. - 3.59, Kinesiology/Health Promotion
  • Mengyuan Qiu (Air Force), 125, So. - 3.46, Economics
  • Wyatt Ray (Utah Valley), 141, RFr. - 3.08, Undeclared
  • Monte Schmalhaus (Utah Valley), 165/184, Fr. - 3.35, Undeclared
  • Jeremy Swier (South Dakota State), Hwt., Sr. - 3.11, Aviation Education
  • Justin Tuell (Northern Colorado), Hwt., Sr. - 3.19, Nursing
  • Cory VomBaur (Wyoming), 133, Sr. - 3.13, Communication
  • Tyler Wells (North Dakota State), 157, RFr. - 3.33, Business
  • Dake Williams (Air Force), Hwt., Fr. - 3.21, Undecided
  • Josh Wilson (Utah Valley), 149, RFr. - 3.70, Accounting
  • Lee Wise (Air Force), 125, Fr. - 3.25, Undecided