SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (March 17, 2016) – The Division II Wrestling Coaches Association announced its All-Academic Teams at the Division II National Championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota last weekend and in the process honored senior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) for his academic success.
Urenda, recognized as a 2015-16 Division II All-Academic Wrestling Second Team winner, was one of 192 student-athletes from 42 universities and colleges. Thirty-three members were named to the first team, 52 members to the second team, and 107 were named as honorable mention.
Now a two-time second team recipient, Urenda owns a 3.3 GPA in exercise science. The Pueblo native finished his senior campaign with a 17-7 record with two wins against nationally-ranked opponents and was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week once. He was fourth at the RMAC Championships and made it to the Super Region Four semifinal match before suffering an injury that ended his collegiate career. In his five years as a member of the ThunderWolves, Urenda posted a 74-36 (.673) record, which is top 10 in Pack program history for career wins.
In order for a student-athlete to be nominated to the Division II All-Academic Team, he needed to have a minimum 3.00 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.
The ThunderWolves finished 12th at the NCAA Division II National Championships and raised the hand of three All-Americans.
The team ranking of 12th was the best since the program re-start in 2008 (previous best was fifth in 2001). The three All-Americans was also a program-best since 2008 (six in 2001).
The All-Americans included Jacob Mitchell (Jr., Portland, Ore.), who was fifth at heavyweight, Tarrence Williams (Jr., Portland, Ore.) at 174 (seventh) and JaCobi Jones (So., Omaha, Neb.) at 157 (eighth). Mitchell was the NCAA Super Region Four Champion, while Jones won at 157 at the RMAC Championships.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.