South Dakota State announces year-end awards

Head coach Jason Liles and the South Dakota State wrestling team held their annual banquet Sunday where they released year-end awards.

Sophomore Aaron Pickrel took home the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award after leading the Jacks with a 26-10 record, including 7-3 in the Western Wrestling Conference. The Watertown, S.D. native also won the Most Takedowns award and the Highest GPA Award.

Senior Kevin Kelly was named the Most Improved Wrestler, finishing the 2011 season with a 13-17 record and a fourth-place finish at the West Regional.

A third-team all-conference selection, Nick Flynn earned the Coaches Award. The junior from Lansing, Kan., finished third at the West Regional. He ended his junior campaign with an 11-17 overall record, including 3-7 in the WWC.

Also earning awards at the banquet: