Six Cardinal Wrestlers Honored for Academics

March 29, 2006

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Six Cardinal wrestlers have been recognized by the Pacific-10 Conference for their academic achievements, earning All-Academic accolades, as announced today by Commissioner Tom Hansen. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

Redshirt sophomores Tanner Gardner and Josh Zupancic were both named to the First Team. Gardner, a team captain, earned All-America honors this season, finishing in eighth place at the 2006 NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City. Gardner, a Public Policy major, finished the year with 37 victories. Zupancic finished the 2006 campaign with a 22-4 record, including a 12-1 mark in dual matches. Zupancic is majoring in American Studies.

Redshirt freshman Jared Boyer, a undeclared major, was a Second Team selection. Boyer finished his first year with eight wins, including four dual victories.

Fifth-year senior and co-captain Ray Blake, seniors Juston Johnson and Brian Perry were chosen for the honorable mention team. Blake finished his final season with 41 wins, the second-best single season total in school history. Johnson finished the season with four wins, while Perry ended the year with nine victories.

First Team; Yr.; GPA; Major
Kyle Bressler, Oregon State; RFr.; 3.88; Pre-Construction Management/Engineering
Lex Case, Boise State; Jr.; 3.61; Spanish
Tanner Gardner, Stanford; Jr.; 3.69; Public Policy
Nick Hernandez, Cal Poly; RFr.; 3.83; Kinesiology
Jeremy Larson, Oregon State; Jr.; 3.59; General Science
Risto Martinnen, CS Fullerton; Sr; 3.83; Health Sciences
Eric Parker, CS Bakersfield; Jr.; 3.45; History
Casey Phelps, Boise State; Grad.; 4.00; Education
Jason Truison, Arizona State; Jr.; 3.72; Biology/Clinical Laboratory Studies
Josh Zupancic, Stanford; Jr.; 3.71; American Studies

Second Team; Yr.; GPA; Major
Morgan Atkinson, CS Fullerton; So; 3.45; Business Administration
Jared Boyer, Stanford; RFr.; 3.35; Undeclared
Brian Busby, CS Bakersfield; Sr.; 3.14; Natural Sciences
Kainoa Casco, Portland State; Jr.; 3.48; Business Administration
Adam Duryee, Portland State; Sr.; 3.21; Business Administration
David Espinsoa, UC Davis; Sr.; 3.30; Communications
Andy Hall, Oregon State; RFr.; 3.60; Mathematics
Thomas Kimbrell, CS Bakersfield; RFr.; 3.87; Undeclared
Dustin Noack, UC Davis; RFr.; 3.78; Animal Science
Garth Wara, CS Bakersfield; RFr.; 3.59; Physical Education/Kinesiology

Honorable Mention: Ray Blake, Stanford; Jordan Brock, Boise State; Kevin Gaughan, Arizona State; John Hanks, Cal Poly; Juston Johnson, Stanford; Elliot Kelly, UC Davis; Beau Malia, Oregon; Andy Patrick, Boise State; Pat Payne, Arizona State; Brian Perry, Stanford; Quinton Pruett, Arizona State; Tyler Sherfey, Boise State; Kyle Sukanen, Oregon State.

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