Jackrabbit wrestlers honored for academics

IRVING, Texas – Eight South Dakota State University wrestlers were named Thursday to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Wrestling Team.

SDSU JackrabbitsSeven of SDSU’s honorees were first-team selections for maintaining a grade-point average of 3.20 or higher. Representing the Jackrabbits were:

  • Ben Gillette, Jr., Redfield, Biology/Microbiology;
  • Alex Kocer, Jr., Wagner, Agricultural Business;
  • Alex Macki, So., Cambridge, Iowa, Wildlife and Fisheries;
  • Nate Rotert, So., Spearfish, Early Childhood Education;
  • Ben Schwery, Sr., Underwood, Iowa, Wildlife and Fisheries;
  • Brance Simms, Sr., Gilmore City, Iowa, Construction Management;
  • Luke Zilverberg, So., Belle Plaine, Minn., Wildlife and Fisheries.

Sophomore David Kocer was named to the second team for posting a GPA between 3.0 and 3.19. Besides meeting the GPA criteria, honorees must have participated in at least 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests, with the exception of graduating seniors. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.

A total of 57 student-athletes were honored on the academic team. SDSU led the 10-team league with seven first-team selections, while Wyoming ranked first with nine overall selections.

The Jackrabbits will be competing in the Big 12 Wrestling Championship Saturday and Sunday in Kansas City, Missouri.

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