June 15, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Bryce Leonhardt, a senior this past season on the University of Wyoming wrestling team, has been recognized for his success in the classroom and named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® University Division Men's At-Large Second Team as selected by CoSIDA. Leonhardt was one of 15 men named to the second team. He advanced to the national team consideration after being named to the All-District VII team last month. Leonhardt earned a 3.94 GPA in Secondary Education-Math.
This marks the first time for Leonhardt to earn All-America honors from CoSIDA. He has been awarded All-District VII for two consecutive years.
Earlier this year, he placed second in the 125-pound weight class at the 2006 NCAA West Regional Tournament and qualified for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as a wild card entry. At the event, Leonhardt recorded an upset victory over the number six seed and posted a 2-2 record. He ended his final season with a 16-10 record, two victories coming by major decision.
He is a three-time Academic All-Conference and Scholar-Athlete selection during his career and has earned the team's high-point award three times during his career. This award goes to the Cowboy wrestler with the best winning percentage and GPA.
Student-athletes are selected in voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To qualify, a student-athlete must have achieved a minimum of 3.20 cumulative grade-point average, must be at least a sophomore athletically and academically and must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competitions.