Wrestlers earn academic honors
The South Dakota State wrestling team earned two Western Wrestling Conference All-Academic Team honors and 12 Coaches' Honor Roll honors.
Between the two lists, the league honored 64 student-athletes from the six conference schools for their performance in the classroom, as well as on the mat.
The WWC All-Academic Team features 18 wrestlers with cumulative grade point averages of 3.2 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and are starters in the varsity lineup, as well as upperclassmen with at least one year of competition at his current school.
The Coaches' Honor Roll recognizes all student-athletes, regardless of class or varsity status, who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
On the Coaches' Honor Roll, 12 Jackrabbit wrestlers were honored for a second-best total among WWC schools with 14 total grapplers between the two lists.
Kevin Caruso, J.J. Everard, Ben Gillette, Will James, Tyler Johnson, Alex Kocer, John Nething II, Eric Orozco, Joe Rasmussen, Ben Schwery, Brance Simms and Andrew Youngblom all earned Coaches' honors. Orozco posted the highest GPA of all student-athletes on the Coaches' Honor Roll.
The honors come shortly after SDSU was recognized as the team with the No. 13 GPA among all Division I wrestling programs.
The complete release is available at the beginning of this article.