NDSU Owns Nation’s 11th-Best GPA; Knutson and Sprenkle Honored

The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) has announced its annual Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams for the 2012-13 wrestling season, and the North Dakota State wrestling program has posted the 11th-best team grade point average in the country for the second consecutive year.

The Bison registered a 3.129 team cumulative GPA using a system that includes 12 student-athletes from each program, 10 of which come from the wrestlers that were entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. This is the third straight year that NDSU has appeared on the NWCA All-Academic Top 30 list. Continue reading

Lions Club honors Simley’s Jake Short

Simley’s Jake Short and Apple Valley’s Jaryn Pipkins made history Tuesday as winners of the St. Paul Downtown Lions Club amateur athlete of the year awards during a banquet at the Prom Center in Oakdale.

Short, the top-ranked 152-pound wrestler in the nation, is the first winner from the Inver Grove Heights-based high school.

Pipkins, a basketball and track and field standout, is the third winner from Apple Valley, but first female winner from the high school. Continue reading at www.twincities.com

Gophers Named NWCA All-Academic Top 30 Team

Nick Dardanes, Scott Schiller, and Kevin Steinhaus receive individual recognition

The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) has announced its annual Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams and Individual All-Academic wrestling team for the 2012-13 wrestling season.

There were a total of 10 teams showing up on the All-Academic squad that finished in the top 30 at this year’s NCAA Division I Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Leading the way was 3x defending team champs Penn State and runner-up and third place finishers Oklahoma State and Minnesota. Minnesota landed at the No. 23 spot with a 3.069 cumulative GPA. Continue reading

SMSU inks 13 more student-athletes for 2013-14 signing class

MARSHALL, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University head wrestling coach Jesse Nelson announced today the signing of 13 student-athletes for the 2013-14 season. Matt Arnold, Ashton Bartlett, Trent Butcher, Derek Carlson, Trevor Mahlum, Craig Mass, Antonio Meikel, Vaughn Monreal-Berner, Hunter Rehbein, Dylan Riggle, Colton Stoddard, Devin Tortorice and Colton Vekved have all signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at SMSU.

The 13 student-athletes bring SMSU’s 2013-14 recruiting class to 15 as today’s signees join Taylor Curtis and Eugene Martin who committed during the early signing period last November. Continue reading