Six Cowboy Grapplers Earn Conference Academic Nods

June 7, 2012


WWC Academic Award Winners Get Acrobat Reader

The University of Wyoming wrestling program boasted six student-athletes on the Western Wrestling Conference academic honors list, released Wednesday by the conference.

Junior Alfonso Hernandez and senior Joe LeBlanc were among just 14 WWC wrestlers to earn All-Academic honors this season, while four Pokes earned spots on the Coaches' Honor Roll, including freshman Tanner Harms, redshirt freshman Leland Pfeifer, junior Michael Poulos and redshirt freshman Robert Stroh.

The WWC honored a total of 61 student-athletes from the seven conference schools. 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.

Hernandez, an All-America honoree at 197 pounds this season, earned a 3.57 GPA while studying kinesiology and health promotion. LeBlanc kept his GPA at 3.45 this season in kinesiology and health promotion, while earning his fourth straight All-America nod at 184 pounds. Hernandez and LeBlanc also were all named the NWCA All-Academic Team in May.

The Coaches' Honor Roll recognized student-athletes who maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average.

Harms, who earned a season mark of 14-6 at heavyweight, nailed down a 3.84 GPA in mechanical engineering. Pfeifer had a 3.61 GPA in geography and had a 20-9 mark splitting time between 197 pounds and heavyweight. Carrying a record of 8-13 at 174, Poulos worked for a 3.66 GPA in kinesiology and health promotion, and Stroh went 15-6 at 149 and 157, all while earning a 3.15 GPA in business administration.

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.