ASU Wrestler Trulson Selected for NWCA All-Academic Honors

May 7, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University wrestler Jason Trulson has been honored by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) for his academic success this year, selecting the Sun Devil junior as one of its NWCA All-Academic Team members, the Association announced Monday. Trulson, a biology major, was one of only 57 wrestlers selected for the national honor and ranked 10th overall and third among 197-pound wrestlers based on overall grade point average (3.74).

Trulson enjoyed a successful season in 2006-07, his first as a starter, where he went 24-15 overall and recorded a 10-7 mark in dual competition and a 14-8 record in tournaments, the second-most wins on the team in tournament action this year. A 5-1 record holder in Pac-10 Conference duals, Trulson won three total bouts by fall, including a pin of Liberty's Josh Moore in just 15 seconds at the Virginia Duals in January.

After placing sixth at the Reno Tournament of Champions, his first tournament placement, Trulson went on to finish third at the Pac-10 Championships by scoring a 13-1 major decision over Travis Gardner of Oregon State to secure his first berth into the NCAA Wrestling Championships. At the national event in Auburn Hills, Mich., Trulson posted a 2-2 record and did not place in the event.

Trulson is the third Sun Devil to earn academic honors from the NWCA after both Curtis Owen and Rocky Smart were honored in 2003. Owen was chosen for the first team while Smart garnered a place on the honorable mention team. The national honor is the second academic award of the year for Trulson after he was selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team earlier this year.

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