Big 12 Honors 14 Jackrabbits for Academics

IRVING, Texas — Fourteen South Dakota State University wrestlers were honored Thursday as members of the 2022 Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling Team. A total of 124 student-athletes were honored league-wide.

Eleven of the Jackrabbits honored received first-team recognition, including three-time honoree Clay Carlson. The reigning Big 12 Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Carlson is a junior majoring in animal science and pre-veterinary science. The Willmar, Minnesota, native was one of 10 South Dakota State wrestlers to repeat on the first team.

Other repeat first-team honorees included:

• Trayton Anderson, So., Sport/Recreation Management, Northfield, Minn.;
• Nick Casperson, Jr., Exercise Science/Pre-Chiropractic Medicine, Beresford;
• Gregory Coapstick, Sr., Nutrition, Frisco, Texas;
• Cade DeVos, So., Pre-Pharmacy, Altoona, Iowa;
• Daniel Kimball, So., Exercise Science, Buckingham, Iowa;
• Cade King, Jr., Business Economics Waseca, Minn.;
• Hunter Marko, Sr., Business Economics, Amery, Wis.;
• Bowen McConville, Jr., Business Economics, Renton, Wash.; and
• Kenny O’Neil, Jr., Human Biology, Prior Lake, Minn.

Rounding out the first-team selections was junior Tanner Sloan, an animal science and agricultural science major from Alburnett, Iowa, who was a second-team selection last season.

Three other Jackrabbits were second-team honorees, including two-time selections Caleb Gross and Dalton Lakmann. Tanner Cook also was recognized on the second team.

First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better grade-point average, while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 20 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

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