Seven UW Wrestlers Honored as WWC Rewards Academic Success for 2009-10 Season Cole Dallaserra, Tyler Davis and Alfonso Hernandez each were named to the WWC All-Academic team.
Wyoming's 197-pounder Alfonso Hernandez had a 3.40 GPA in kinesiology/health promotion after his sophomore year.
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.
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