MANHEIM, Pa. — South Dakota State was honored Friday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association with a Top 30 Scholar Team All-America award, and six Jackrabbits were recognized individually for their work in the classroom.
SDSU, which received the team recognition for the second season in a row, ranked seventh among NCAA Division I programs with a 3.465 grade-point average. The Jackrabbits were one of four Big 12 Conference teams to rank in the top 10.
The team GPA is calculated among the eligible student-athletes who competed at their conference qualifying tournament, along with two other wrestlers who competed during the 2021-22 season.
The list of individual NWCA Scholar All-America honorees for the Jackrabbits was led by repeat selections Clay Carlson and Cade DeVos, both of whom were NCAA qualifiers this past season. A third honoree, A.J. Nevills, also competed at nationals in March.
Rounding out the list of Jackrabbit award recipients were Daniel Kimball, Cade King, and Kenny O’Neill.
To qualify for NWCA Scholar All-America honors, wrestlers must have met one of the following criteria:
- 3.0 cumulative GPA and earned All-America honors in the same academic year
- 3.2 cumulative GPA and an NCAA tournament qualifier in the same academic year
- 3.5 cumulative GPA and been a participant at the conference qualifying tournament