SDSU wrestlers excel in the classroom

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.

NWCA Division I Scholar All-America Awards

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

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