Four ASU Wrestlers Garner Academic All-Pac-10 Accolades

March 29, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Pac-10 Conference released its All-Academic Wrestling Teams Wednesday with four members of the Arizona State University program earning a place on the lists, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced. The four selections ties the program's record for most selections in one season with the 2000 squad that also added four to the list.

Jason Trulson led the way as a first team selection while Kevin Gaughan, Pat Payne and Quinton Pruett each earned a place on the honorable mention list. All four honorees earned the first conference academic selection of their careers.

Trulson's selection is his first as a member of the first team and makes him the 14th Sun Devil to collect the honor. All told, those 14 wrestlers have combined for 16 first team selections. The three honorable mention selections more than double the program's previous total of two as the distinction was added in the 2000 season.

As a team this season, the Sun Devils captured their 16th Pac-10 Championship crown with three individual championships and five finalists before finishing sixth place at the NCAA Wrestling Championships on the strength of four All-Americans, including NCAA runner-up Brian Stith at 157.

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