Pac-10 Announces Wrestling Awards

April 2, 2008

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CAL POLY'S CHAD MENDES NAMED WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
BOISE STATE'S GREG RANDALL NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
BOISE STATE'S KIRK SMITH NAMED FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CAL POLY senior Chad Mendes has been named Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year, BOISE STATE'S Greg Randall garners Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors and Bronco protégé' Kirk Smith earns Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year award, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

PAC-10 WRESTLER OF THE YEAR - CHAD MENDES, CAL POLY
Mendes, a 141-pound wrestler from Hanford, Calif., will be remembered as one of the all-time greats in Mustang history after becoming the seventh Cal Poly wrestler to reach the NCAA Division I title match and the 39th All-American. His 30-1 record included an undefeated clip of dual matches, the eighth Mustang ever to finish a season unblemished in dual action. His second-place NCAA performance gave Mendes a second All-American recognition of his career. Mendes entered the Pac-10 Tournament as the heavy favorite and did not disappoint, winning the title over Arizona State's Chris Drouin. For his career, Mendes finishes with a 64-14 overall record.

PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR - GREG RANDALL, BOISE STATE
Head coach Greg Randall led Boise State to its fourth Pac-10 Championship in the last eight seasons. His team earned 152.5 points at the Conference championship for the third highest point total in Pac-10 wrestling history. The team went 10-2 in dual matches including a 7-1 record in Pac-10 matches. Under the guidance of Randall, Boise State wrestlers captured two Pac-10 Conference titles (133 and 174-pounds), four second place finishes and three third place finishes. At the NCAA National Championships, Randall guided the first true freshman in Boise State history, Kirk Smith, to NCAA All-American honors.

PAC-10 FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - KIRK SMITH, BOISE STATE
Smith, from Boise, Idaho, became the first true freshman and the first Bronco since 2006 to earn NCAA All-American honors as he captured eighth place at the 2008 NCAA Wrestling Championships. He took second place at 184-pounds at the Pac-10 Championships, falling, 9-7, to Brent Chiswell in an extremely close title match. Was also impressive with first place finishes at the Cowboy Open and the Southern Scuffle. For the season he posted a 28-6 record, including one pin-fall and five major decisions.

PAC-10 WRESTLERS OF THE YEAR

1976 Tom Brown, WASH, 158 Greg Gibson, ORE, HWT1977 Larry Bielenberg, OSU, HWT1978 Dan Hicks, OSU, 1421979 Fred Bohna, UCLA, HWT1980 Howard Harris, OSU, HWT1981 Marty Ryan, OSU, 1501982 Bill Nugent, ORE, 1421983 Gary Bohay, ASU, 1261984 Jim Baumgardner, OSU, 1901985 Eddie Urbano, ASU, 1501986 Adam Cohen, ASU, 1501987 Mike Davies, ASU, 1901988 Mike Davies, ASU, 1901989 Dan St. John, ASU, 1581990 Dan St. John, ASU, 1671991 Paul Keysaw, CSUB, 1901992 Ray Miller, ASU, 1581993 Ray Miller, ASU, 1581994 Babak Mohammadi, OSU, 1341995 Les Gutches, OSU, 1771996 Les Gutches, OSU, 1771997 Stephen Neal, CSUB, HWT1998 Stephen Neal, CSUB, HWT1999 Stephen Neal, CSUB, HWT2000 Steve Blackford, ASU, 1652001 Eric Larkin, ASU, 1412002 Eric Larkin, ASU, 1412003 Eric Larkin, ASU, 1492004 Matt Gentry, STAN , 1572005 Cain Velasquez, ASU, HWT2006 Ben Cherrington, BSU, 1572007 Derek Moore, UCD, 1412008 Chad Mendes, POLY, 141

PAC-10 COACHES OF THE YEAR

1976 Dale Thomas, OSU1977 Dale Thomas, OSU1978 Darren Sipe, WASH1979 Bobby Douglas, ASU1980 Ron Finley, ORE1981 Bobby Douglas, ASU1982 Ron Finley, ORE1983 Dale Thomas, OSU1984 Dale Thomas, OSU1985 Bobby Douglas, ASU1986 Bobby Douglas, ASU1987 Bobby Douglas, ASU1988 Bobby Douglas, ASU1989 Bobby Douglas, ASU1990 Bobby Douglas, ASU1991 T.J. Kerr, CSUB1992 Mark Johnson, OSU1993 Lee Roy Smith, ASU1994 Joe Wells, OSU1995 Joe Wells, OSU1996 T.J. Kerr, CSUB1997 T.J. Kerr, CSUB Lee Roy Smith, ASU1998 Lee Roy Smith, ASU1999 Mike Young, BSU2000 Mike Young, BSU2001 Lee Roy Smith, ASU2002 Mike Young, BSU2003 Thom Ortiz, ASU2004 Steve Buddie, STAN2005 Thom Ortiz, ASU2006 Thom Ortiz, ASU2007 Lennie Zalesky, UCD2008 Greg Randall, BSU

PAC-10 FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

2000 TJ Hill, CSF2001 Jed Pennell, OSU2002 Matt Gentry, STAN2003 Ryan Halsey, CP2004 Darrell Vasquez, CO2005 Andrew Hochstrasser, BSU2006 Tyler Sherfey, BSU2007 Zack Giesen, STAN Brandon Halsey, CSUB2008 Kirk Smith, BSU

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