DALLAS (March 27, 2015) – The National Collegiate Wrestling Association announced March 13, Colorado State University-Pueblo as No. 16 in its 2014-15 NWCA Division II All-Academic Team Standings and Individuals, as selected by the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association.
With a team GPA of 3.132 the Pack finished 16th in NCAA Division II and fourth among Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams.
The University of Indianapolis recorded the highest team grade point average (3.482) in the Twenty-Second Annual Division II All-Academic Wrestling Team competition. The team GPA is calculated by averaging the cumulative grade point averages of ten wrestlers from each team of which eight of those wrestlers must have competed in their team's NCAA II National Qualifying Tournament. The NWCA lists the top 20 teams in the nation.
The Pack were guided by junior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.), who earned NWCA Division II All-Academic Second Team honors with a 3.53 GPA in general exercise sciences.
Seven CSU-Pueblo wrestlers were recognized on the honorable mention team.
Junior Alex Baca (Pueblo, Colo.) – 3.05 Sociology
Freshman Kyle Frantin (Cave Creek, Ariz.) – 3.2 Pre-Business
Freshman Sam Hughes (Bolivar, Mo.) – 3.33 Recreation
Sophomore Jakob Lund (Chino Valley, Ariz.) – 3.07 Civil Engineering
Junior Larry Schmueser (Rifle, Colo.) – 3.74 Construction Management
Freshman Steven Ullman (Arvada, Colo.) – 3.26 Pre-Business
Freshman Phil Young (Casper, Wyo.) – 3.42 Sociology
The 2014-2015 Division II All-Academic Wrestling Team consists of 237 student-athletes from 46 universities and colleges. Thirty-six members were named to the first team, 55 members to the second team and 143 were named as honorable mention.
In order for a student-athlete to be nominated to the Division II All-Academic Team, he needed to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. He must also be in at least his second full year at his school, be a varsity member on his team or a key reserve, demonstrate a degree of skill and have a minimum of two letters of recommendation (academic advisor and coach) submitted on his behalf.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.