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UVU junior Avery Garner (top) grapples with his opponent. Garner was named to the WWC All-Academic Team as he holds a 3.42 GPA.

OREM, Utah — Following the recent completion of the 2012-13 school year, the Western Wrestling Conference announced its All-Academic Team and Coaches' Honor Roll for the past season. Utah Valley University finished third in the conference by landing 13 of its grapplers on the two teams.

UVU's Chase Cuthbertson (3.51 GPA), Avery Garner (3.42), Monte Schmalhaus (3.30) and Josh Wilson (3.61) each made the All-Academic Team, while Kyle Cuthbertson (3.29), Adam Fager (3.15), Derek Malan (3.05), Sam Mecham (3.73), Josh Metivier (3.35), Bracken Nipko (3.63), Tucker Ray (3.36), Glenn Terrano (3.11) and Derek Thomas (3.23) landed a spot on 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, 64 student-athletes from the six conference schools were honored for their work in the classroom. The All-Academic Team featured 18 wrestlers, while the Coaches' Honor Roll had 46 on it. UVU, North Dakota State and Wyoming tied to lead all conference squads with four grapplers apiece on the All-Academic Team.

NDSU, SDSU, UVU and Wyoming were also recognized for their academics by the National Wrestling Coaches Association a couple weeks ago as the Bison had the 11th best team GPA in the nation with a 3.13, the Jackrabbits had the 13th best at 3.12, the Wolverines had the 16th best at 3.09 and Wyoming came in at 25th with a 3.03. Individually, AFA's Dylan Hyder and Jesse Stafford, NDSU's Evan Knutson and Trent Sprenkle, UVU's Garner, Schmalhaus and Wilson, and Wyoming's Alfonso Hernandez were all named to the NWCA All-Academic Team.

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

UVU's members of the WWC All-Academic Team

Chase Cuthbertson (UVU), 157, RFr., 3.51 GPA, Accounting

Avery Garner (UVU), 141, Jr., 3.42 GPA, Exercise Science

Monte Schmalhaus (UVU), 174, Jr., 3.30 GPA, Exercise Science

Josh Wilson (UVU), 149, Sr., 3.61 GPA, Accounting/Marketing

UVU's members of the WWC Coaches' Honor Roll

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Kyle Cuthbertson (UVU), 174, RFr., 3.29 GPA, Exercise Science

Adam Fager (UVU), HWT, So., 3.15 GPA, Psychology

Derek Malan (UVU), 133, So., 3.05 GPA, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Sam Mecham (UVU), 141, So., 3.73 GPA, Digital Internet Technologies

Josh Metivier (UVU), 133, Fr., 3.35 GPA, Accounting

Bracken Nipko (UVU), 125, Fr., 3.63 GPA, Business/Marketing

Tucker Ray (UVU), 149, RFr., 3.36 GPA, Entrepreneurship

Glenn Terrano (UVU), 141, Sr., 3.11 GPA, Health Service Administration

Derek Thomas (UVU), 184, RFr., 3.23 GPA, General Business

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.