Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Boise State Wrestlers Dominate Pac-10 Academic Team

As is the case nearly across the entire Boise State athletic department, the Boise State wrestlers proved that they are champions in the classroom as well.  Six Broncos from the team that finished #8 in the nation were selected to the Pac-10 Conference 2010-2011 All-Academic Wrestling Team.  

Isn't it ironic that academics was the excuse that the conference gave in not inviting Boise State last year, yet it is that same university that dominates the Pac-10 Academic Team with four of the ten selections?   We just keep laughing at the poor Pac-10.  Their decision is looking more stupid and more transparent by the moment.  We know the real reason why they did not invite Boise State--because they did not want to be dominated in the same way their wrestling teams are.

Alan Bartelli, Michael Cuthbertson, Adam Hall and Josh Strait all were chosen to be on the Pac-10 Academic First Team, while Jacob Swartz was a second-team member and Kirk Smith received honorable mention.  To be eligible for All-Academic recognition, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be classified as a starter or significant contributor to his team.

Hall, who was named the Pac-10 Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year, led the All-Academic conference team.  Hall had a 30-2 overall record, Pac-10 title at 157 pounds and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Wrestling Tournament in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Hall will graduate next month with a 3.50 GPA in Health Science.

Bartelli is a Pre-Dental/Biology major with a 3.37 GPA.  He finished third at the Pac-10 Tournament at 125 pounds, had a 20-10 overall mark and qualified for the national tournament.  

Cuthbertson carries a 3.52 GPA in General Health Science and started five duals at 165 pounds this year.  

Strait is a redshirt sophomore who has a 3.78 GPA in General Health Science.  Strait competed in 19 matches at 141 pounds this season.

Swartz, a freshman, is undeclared on his major and earned a 3.34 GPA.  He broke into the starting lineup in his first year with a 20-16 record and trip to the NCAA Championship. 

 Smith is one of the most successful wrestlers in Boise State history but was plagued by nagging injuries this season.  

Nick Amuchastegui, STAN Jr. 3.98 Mechanical Engineering 
Alan Bartelli, Boise State Sr. 3.37 Pre-Dental/Biology
Michael Cuthbertson, Boise State So. 3.52 General Health Science 
Tai Fukumoto, ASU So. 3.92 Philosophy
Adam Hall, Boise State Sr. 3.50 Health Science
Tyler Iwamura, CSUB So. 3.67 Business Accounting
David Morgan, CSUB Sr. 3.32 Business Administration 
Elijah Nacita, CSUB Sr. 3.41 Business Administration 
Josh Strait, Boise State So. 3.78 General Health Science
Stephen Thalin, CP Sr. 3.32 Civil Engineering 

Timmy Boone, STAN So. 3.13 International Studies 
Jordan Gray, STAN R-Fr. 3.36 Undecided
Michael Hawkins, ASU So. 3.28 Justice Studies 
Mike Kent, STAN So. 3.35 Public Policy 
Jake Meredith, ASU Jr. 3.09 BIS
Kyle Meyer, STAN R-Fr. 3.30 Undecided
Dylan Rush, STAN Sr. 3.22 Philosophy 
Jacob Swartz, Boise State R-Fr. 3.34 Undeclared Business 
Jacob Tanenbaum, CP So. 3.19 Kinesiology 
Bryce Whitehead, CSUF R-Fr. 3.19 Mechanical Engineering 

Joey Granata, So, CSUB
Clayton Schuelke, So, CSUF
Kirk Smith, Boise State Sr.