June 8, 2012

Five grapplers earn academic honors

OREM, Utah – The awards continue to roll in for Northern Colorado student-athletes as the Western Wrestling Conference has announced its 2012 honorees for both the All-Academic Team and the Coaches’ Honor Roll.

Senior Gabe Burak and redshirt freshman Charlie McMartin were both named to the All-Academic Team, while junior Jacob Milewski, junior Jesse Nielsen and sophomore Josh Van Tine were all named to the Coaches’ Honor Roll.

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.

Burak (Colorado Springs, Colo.) completed his career by advancing to the NCAA Championship. He spent four seasons at Penn before joining the Bears for graduate school. In his final campaign he posted a record of 22-5 and was 12-1 in duals. All four of Burak’s losses during the year were to nationally-ranked grapplers, including three losses to top five wrestlers. He also earned WWC Second Team All-Conference honors earlier in the season. Burak is working on his master’s degree in education.

McMartin (Boise, Idaho) spent his first official season on the mat for the Bears at 157 pounds. He went 12-18 overall, but was just 1-12 in duals. McMartin did post a 1-2 record at the NCAA West Regional, getting a major decision victory in the second round over South Dakota State’s Nick Flynn. McMartin is majoring in English secondary teaching.

Milewski, a junior from Denver, wrestled eight of his nine bouts at 157 pounds, while in his only dual he competed at 149 pounds in a 6-3 loss to Drexel’s Shane Fenningham. Milewski is working towards his bachelor’s degree in nutrition.

Nielsen is a junior college transfer from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, majoring in nutrition. During the 2012 season with the Bears he redshirted and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Van Tine spent his redshirt freshman year at 174 pounds. The Broomfield, Colo., native went 5-16 on the season with a 2-10 mark in duals.

2011-12 WESTERN WRESTLING CONFERENCE ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Stephen (Gabe) Burak (NC), 165, Sr, 3.67 GPA, Master’s Degree: Education
Jared Erickson (AF), HWT, Jr., 3.57 GPA, Civil Engineering
Avery Garner (UVU), 141, So., 3.26 GPA, Exercise Science
Alfonso Hernandez (Wyo), 197, Jr., 3.57 GPA, Kinesiology & Health Promotion
Tyler Johnson (NDSU), 174, Sr., 4.0 GPA, Biological Sciences
Taylor Kettman (UNI), 197, RFr., 3.36 GPA, Exercise Science
Joe LeBlanc (Wyo), 184, Sr., 3.45 GPA, Kinesiology & Health Promotion
Charles McMartin (NC), 157, RFr., 3.59 GPA, English: Secondary Teaching
Aaron Pickrel (SDSU), 125, RJr., 3.80 GPA, Pre-Medicine: Biology
Joe Skow (SDSU), HWT, Jr., 3.39 GPA, Sociology
Justin Solberg (NDSU), 133, Sr., 3.43 GPA, Business Administration
Trent Sprenkle (NDSU), 125, Jr., 3.74 GPA, Undecided
Josh Wilson (UVU), 149, Jr., 3.58 GPA, Accounting 
Andrew Youngblom (SDSU), 149, So., 3.63 GPA, Graphic Design

2011-12 WESTERN WRESTLING CONFERENCE COACHES’ HONOR ROLL
Riley Banach (UNI), 165, So., 3.04 GPA, Marketing: Sales
Jack Carda (AF), 197, Fr., 3.33 GPA, Management
Chase Cuthbertson (UVU), 157, Fr., 3.51 GPA, Business Management 
Kyle Cuthbertson (UVU), 174, Fr., 3.58 GPA, Business Management
Dustin Dennison (UVU), HWT, Fr., 3.10 GPA, Communications: Speech Communication
Tyler Diamond (NDSU), 141, Jr., 3.10 GPA, Social Science
Nathan Garcia (UVU), 125, Fr., 3.02 GPA, Biology
Sam Graham (UVU), 174, Fr., 3.8 GPA, Business Management: International Business
John Gusewelle (NDSU), 197, R-Fr., 3.43 GPA, Mechanical Engineering
Kameron Hamley (NDSU), 141, Fr., 3.17 GPA, Computer Engineering
Cody Hancock (AF), 141, Fr., 3.39 GPA, Undeclared
Tanner Harms (Wyo), HWT, Fr., 3.84 GPA, Mechanical Engineering
Vance Hawk (AF), 174, So., 3.02 GPA, Biology
Devin Hightower (AF), 184, So., 3.02 GPA, Behavioral Sciences
Dylan Hyder (AF), 133, Fr., 3.19 GPA, Undeclared
Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 157, Fr., 4.0 GPA, Biology
Zac Jensen (UVU), HWT, So., 3.38 GPA, Exercise Science
Joe Johnson (UNI), 197, Sr., 3.27 GPA, Elementary Education
Paul Johnson (NDSU), 141, Jr., 3.16 GPA, Pharmacy
Tyler Johnson (SDSU), Jr., 3.39 GPA, Manufacturing Engineering
Evan Knutson (NDSU), Hwt, Fr., 3.71 GPA, Exercise Science
Cody Krumwiede (UNI), 285, Fr., 3.09 GPA, Undecided
Blake Mangum (UVU), 133, RFr., 3.64 GPA, Exercise Science
Jarod Maynes (UVU), 125, Fr., 4.0 GPA, Business Management: International Business
Eric McAllister (UVU), HWT, Jr., 3.18 GPA, Behavioral Science: Psychology 
A.J. McBroom (UNI), 197, Fr., 3.21 GPA, Biology
Sam Mecham (UVU), 149, RFr., 3.62 GPA, Digital Media: Gaming & Animation
Jacob Milewski (NC), 157, Jr, 3.22 GPA, Nutrition
Steven Monk (NDSU), 157, So., 3.01 GPA, Physical and Health Education
Trevor Moore (AF), 174, Fr., 3.25 GPA, Electrical Engineering
Jason Mossing (AF), 174, Fr., 3.12 GPA, Computer Engineering
Brandon Mueller (AF), 157, Jr., 3.72 GPA, Physics
John Nething (SDSU), So., 3.18 GPA, Consumer Affairs
Jesse Nielsen (NC), 174, Jr, 3.16 GPA, Nutrition
Daniel Nissen (AF), 184, Jr., 3.27 GPA, Systems Engineering Management
Adam Perrin (UNI), 141, Fr., 3.37 GPA, Finance
Leland Pfeifer (Wyo), 197/HWT, RFr., 3.61 GPA, Geography
Onni Prestidge (UNI), 174, Sr., 3.18 GPA, Physical Education
Michael Poulos (Wyo), 174, Jr., 3.66 GPA, Kinesiology and Health Promotion
Mengyuan Qiu (AF), 125, Sr., 3.36 GPA, Economics
Monte Schmalhaus (UVU), 174, So., 3.17 GPA, Exercise Science
Robert Stroh (Wyo), 149/157, RFr., 3.15 GPA, Business Administration
Glenn Terrano (UVU), 141, 3.2 GPA, Community Health: Health Services Administration
Derek Thomas (UVU), 184, 3.07 GPA, Exercise Science
Joshua VanTine (NC), 184, RFr, 3.11 GPA, Exercise Science
Garrett Wells (AF), 174, Fr., 3.06 GPA, Legal Studies
Michael Wilde (NDSU), 184, RFr., 3.38 GPA, Criminal Justice