Kelly Linde, UVU Athletics
UVU's Avery Garner (left) taking on South Dakota State's Dustin Walraven (right) at the UCCU Center in Orem this past February.

OREM, Utah -- Following the recent completion of the 2011-12 school year, the Western Wrestling Conference has announced its All-Academic Team and Coaches' Honor Roll for the past season. Utah Valley University led the conference by landing 15 of its grapplers on the two teams.

UVU's Avery Garner (3.26 GPA) and Josh Wilson (3.58 GPA) made the All-Academic Team, while Chase Cuthbertson (3.51 GPA), Kyle Cuthbertson (3.58 GPA), Dustin Dennison (3.10 GPA),Nathan Garcia (3.02 GPA), Sam Graham (3.8 GPA), Zac Jensen (3.38 GPA), Blake Mangum (3.64 GPA), Jarod Maynes (4.0 GPA), Eric McAllister (3.18 GPA), Sam Mecham (3.62 GPA), Monte Schmalhaus (3.17 GPA), Glenn Terrano (3.2 GPA) and Derek Thomas (3.07 GPA) made the Coaches' Honor Roll.

To qualify for the All-Academic team, student-athletes had to secure a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or key reserve and be a sophomore or higher in academic standing. The Coaches' Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes who have maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Overall the All-Academic Team features 14 wrestlers from the seven schools in the WWC who balanced school work and time on the mat to meet the sixth-year league's highest academic standards. North Dakota State and South Dakota State tied to lead all conference squads with three grapplers each on the list, while the Wolverines had two.

Additionally 47 student-athletes were named to the Coaches' Honor Roll for their dedication to academics. UVU had the most wrestlers on the two combined teams, while Air Force was next with 12 grapplers named to the two lists.

The Bison, Jackrabbits and Wolverines were also recognized for their academics by the NWCA a couple weeks ago as UVU had the fourth best team GPA in the nation with a 3.27, NDSU had the 11th best at 3.16 and SDSU had the 18th best at 3.09. Individually NDSU's Trent Sprenkle, SDSU's Aaron Pickrel, UVU's Wilson and Wyoming's Alfonso Hernandez and Joe LeBlanc were all named the NWCA All-Academic Team.

The Western Wrestling Conference is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

UVU's members of the WWC All-Academic Team

Avery Garner (UVU), 141, So., 3.26 GPA, Exercise Science

Josh Wilson (UVU), 149, Jr., 3.58 GPA, Accounting

UVU's members of the WWC Coaches' Honor Roll

Chase Cuthbertson (UVU), 157, Fr., 3.51 GPA, Business Management

Kyle Cuthbertson (UVU), 174, Fr., 3.58 GPA, Business Management

Dustin Dennison (UVU), HWT, Fr., 3.10 GPA, Communications: Speech Communication

Nathan Garcia (UVU), 125, Fr., 3.02 GPA, Biology

Sam Graham (UVU), 174, Fr., 3.8 GPA, Business Management: International Business

Zac Jensen (UVU), HWT, So., 3.38 GPA, Exercise Science

Blake Mangum (UVU), 133, RFr., 3.64 GPA, Exercise Science

Jarod Maynes (UVU), 125, Fr., 4.0 GPA, Business Management: International Business

Eric McAllister (UVU), HWT, Jr., 3.18 GPA, Behavioral Science: Psychology

Sam Mecham (UVU), 149, RFr., 3.62 GPA, Digital Media: Gaming & Animation

Monte Schmalhaus (UVU), 174, So., 3.17 GPA, Exercise Science

Glenn Terrano (UVU), 141, 3.2 GPA, Community Health: Health Services Administration

Derek Thomas (UVU), 184, 3.07 GPA, Exercise Science

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit