Hernandez named to individual NWCA All-Academic Team
Team honors five seniors and team leaders
Hernandez is seventh, Cox is eighth in their season finales
Duo represents Cowboy Wrestling's 30th and 31st All-American accolades
UW senior 197-pounder rolls to quarterfinals with two dominating performances
2011-12: Hernandez had his breakout season, showing his hard work and patience had paid off. He placed sixth in the NCAA Championships in the rugged 197-pound bracket for his first All-America honor. It could be argued he had the best season of any Cowboy wrestler, leading the team in wins with 40 and major decisions, 16. He led the team with an .833 winning percentage, with wins over six ranked wrestlers.
He placed in five tournaments, including wins in the Northwest and Kearney Opens, and third in the Cowboy Open and the Reno Tournament of Champions. He went unscathed versus WWC opponents, cruising to an 11-0 mark, and was 11-1 in duals. His only dual loss came to Oklahoma State's Cayle Byers, who was ranked in the top five for most of the season.
Hernandez rolled through the West Regional tournament, winning all three matches by major decision. He was the No. 9 seed for NCAAs, and shocked the field by beating two ranked wrestlers in his first four matches to earn All-America status. He placed sixth in a loaded bracket.
The wrestler known as "Fonz" to teammates showed he was committed in the classroom as well, being named to the WWC Coaches Honor Roll for the fourth time and the NWCA All-Academic Team for the first time. The coaching staff gave him the Steven Suder High Point Award, an award given for total dual points and grade-point average. He was named the WWC Wrestler of the Year.
2010-11: Hernandez redshirted the 2010-11 season and did not compete in any open tournaments after having back surgery. In the classroom, he was named to the WWC Coaches' Honor Roll.
2009-10: Hernandez started for his second straight year and saw action as a sophomore at both 197 and heavyweight. He continued to improve and his overall season record was 22-16.
The 2010 NCAA West Regional was bittersweet for Hernandez. He entered the event seeded No. 2 at 197, but suffered a shocking loss in the opening round. Alfonso battled back in the consolation bracket with his first pin of the season, then followed that up with his second win by fall of the year. Having seen his chances of qualifying for nationals go south in the first round, a frustrated Hernandez then beat No. 3 seed Dustin Bauman (UNI) by decision, 9-3. He placed third with the win and won the tournament's Most Pins award and third-team All-WWC honors.
Those back-draw wins and the bonus points he scored were vital to the `Pokes winning the 2010 West Regional team title. Hernandez also played a big part in UW winning the 2010 Western Wrestling Conference Regular Season Dual team title. He placed third at the Cowboy Open and sixth at Reno. Named to the WWC All-Academic team, Hernandez posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring of 2010.
2008-09: A raw talent, Hernandez was immediately thrust into the Cowboy lineup at 197 pounds as a true freshman. He placed third at the West Regional tournament, earning Third Team All-WWC honors, and forced a true second place match for a trip to the NCAA Tournament, losing in a competitive effort. His overall record was 23-19, 8-8 in duals and 3-4 in the WWC. Hernandez recorded two pins, four major decisions and got a key win for the Cowboys against Cal State Fullerton (6-3) to help secure a team dual win. He was diligent in the classroom at UW, being named to the WWC Coaches' Honor Roll.
High School: Hernandez was a two-time Idaho state champion, once at 189 and once at 215. He placed fifth as a sophomore and took third at the Junior Nationals in Virginia Beach, Va. Hernandez was a NHSCA Jr. All-American. As a senior, he was ranked as high as sixth in the nation by Intermat.com and collected 106 wins in his high school career. He only began wrestling as a freshman. Hernandez was a four-time letterwinner in wrestling, three-time letterwinner in track and a two-time letterwinner in football at Blackfoot High School. He graduated with a 3.7 GPA, was a member of the National Honor Society and was Student Body Activity Manager.
Personal: Hernandez was born on Nov. 24, 1989, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and he is the son of Alfonso Hernandez and Lori Galvan. He married his wife Stephanie on Aug. 16, 2008, in Blackfoot, Idaho. They are the proud parents of two sons, Aiden and Madden. Hernandez is majoring in kinesiology and health promotion at UW.
Career record: 120-46 (13 falls) (Two-time All-America honoree)