Maverick Grapplers Lauded for Academic Success

The Minnesota State wrestling team has received All-Academic individual and team honors from the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association (D2WCA).

As a team, the Mavericks ranked 16th in Division II with a team grade point average of 3.182. The team GPA is calculated by averaging the cumulative grade point averages of ten wrestlers from each team of which eight of those wrestlers must have competed in their team’s NCAA II National Qualifying Tournament.

A total of eight Mavericks also received individual All-Academic honors for their efforts as well. In order for a student-athlete to be nominated to the Division II All-Academic Team, he needed to have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. He must also be in at least his second full year at his school, be a varsity member on his team or a key reserve, demonstrate a degree of skill and have a minimum of two letters of recommendation (academic advisor and coach) submitted on his behalf.

Junior Adam Cooling (174 lbs.) received D2WCA All-Academic First Team honors after boasting a 3.85 GPA in exercise science. Cooling was one of two Mavericks this season to finish third at the NCAA Championships.

Senior Scott VanDeLoo (184 lbs.) and junior Chris Zimmer (285 lbs.) (unattached) took home D2WCA All-Academic Second Team honors as well. VanDeLoo went 1-2 last weekend at the NCAA Championships are currently boasts a 3.35 GPA in finance. Zimmer owns a 3.69 GPA in mechanical engineering.

Corey Abernathy (So., 165 lbs.), Max Bullock (Jr., 174 lbs.), Dylan Herman (So., 149 lbs.), Brad Maas (Sr., 165 lbs.) and Chaydon O’Fallon (So., 197 lbs.) all received Honorable Mentions.

Abernathy finished his season with a 4-1 record and owns a 3.19 GPA in philosophy. Bullock owns a 3.20 GPA in law enforcement and finished his season with a 6-7 record.

Herman (3.42 GPA), Maas (3.84 GPA) and O’Fallon (3.30 PGA) are all pursuing degrees in exercise science. Herman finished his sophomore campaign with an 8-9 overall record, while Maas recorded nine victories during his senior season. O’Fallon went 5-5 during his sophomore season as well.

The Mavericks finished in a tie for ninth place at the NCAA Championships with 42 points.

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