UVU lands 14 wrestlers on WWC All-Academic squad

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Senior 141-pounder Avery Garner
Senior 141-pounder Avery Garner

June 3, 2014

2013-14 WWC All-Academic Team & Coaches' Honor Roll

OREM, Utah - Following the recent completion of the 2013-14 school year, the Western Wrestling Conference announced on Tuesday its All-Academic Team and Coaches' Honor Roll for the past season. Utah Valley University finished third in the conference by landing 14 of its grapplers on the two teams.

UVU's Chase Cuthbertson (3.68 GPA), Avery Garner (3.42), Abel Gomez (3.63), Sam Mecham (3.79), Bracken Nipko (3.70) and Monte Schmalhaus (3.35) all made the All-Academic Team while Adam Fager (3.11), Koleton Hardy (3.36), Derek Malan (3.11), Tucker Ray (3.33), Tanner Sprenkle (3.57), Maxwell Sultan (3.28), Ross Taylor (3.85) and Derek Thomas (3.13) landed a spot on the Coaches' Honor Roll.



To qualify for the All-Academic Team, student-athletes had to secure a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key reserve. The Coaches' Honor Roll recognizes all student-athletes who have maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Overall, 77 student-athletes from the six conference schools were honored for their work in the classroom. The All-Academic Team featured 27 wrestlers while the Coaches' Honor Roll has 50 on it. UVU and North Dakota State tied to lead all conference squads with six grapplers apiece on the All-Academic Team while NDSU and South Dakota State posted 17 and 16 respective wrestlers on the two teams.

The Wolverines and Bison were also recognized for their academics by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) a couple weeks ago as UVU had the 21st best team GPA in the nation with a 3.097 and NDSU was 26th with a 3.061. Individually, NDSU's Evan Knutson and Steven Monk as well as SDSU's Alex Kocer and UVU's Garner were all named the NWCA Individual All-Academic Team.

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

UVU's members of the WWC All-Academic Team

Chase Cuthbertson (UVU), 157, So., 3.68 GPA, Accounting
Avery Garner (UVU), 141, Sr., 3.42 GPA, Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Abel Gomez (UVU), 184, Fr., 3.63 GPA, Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation
Sam Mecham (UVU), 141, Jr., 3.79 GPA, Digital Media
Bracken Nipko (UVU), 125, RFr., 3.70 GPA, Business/Marketing Education
Monte Schmalhaus (UVU), 174, Sr., 3.35 GPA, Physical Education & Recreation

UVU's members of the WWC Coaches' Honor Roll

Adam Fager (UVU), HWT, Jr., 3.11 GPA, BESC-Psychology
Koleton Hardy (UVU), 157, Fr., 3.36 GPA, Chemistry
Derek Malan (UVU), 133, Jr., 3.11 GPA, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Tucker Ray (UVU), 149, So., 3.33 GPA, Business Management
Tanner Sprenkle (UVU), 133, Fr., 3.57 GPA, Biology
Maxwell Sultan (UVU), 141, Fr., 3.28 GPA, Business Management
Ross Taylor (UVU), 165, Jr., 3.85 GPA, Exercise Science/Outdoor Recreation
Derek Thomas (UVU), 197, So., 3.13 GPA, Business Management