NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma wrestling squad placed six wrestlers in Clark Glass, Andrew Howe, Nick Lester, Kendric Maple, Jarrod Patterson and Travis Rutt, the most individuals for any school, on the annual National Wrestling Coaches Association Division I All-Academic team, announced Wednesday.
Additionally, OU tied with Ohio for 11th place on the All-Academic Team standings with a combined 3.16 GPA, a year after not making the top 30. The finish is the Sooners’ best since taking eighth in 2006 with a 3.007 GPA. OU’s team ranking was tops among Big 12 schools as Oklahoma State came in at No. 20.
Of the six Sooners recognized, five are in graduate school and just completed their athletic eligibility, including Howe (human relations), Lester (human relations), Maple (adult and higher education), Patterson (human relations) and Rutt (health and exercise science). Maple, Lester and Patterson all have 4.0 GPAs in their graduate programs. Glass is majoring in biology and just completed his redshirt freshman year of competition.
This is the third honor for both Patterson, who made the team in 2011 and 2012, and Maple, who received the honor last season and in 2012.
The five graduate students were NCAA qualifiers this season, while Howe and Maple earned All-America status.
The team grade-point average was determined using a system that includes 12 student-athletes from each program. A total of 10 of these came from the wrestlers that were entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. If teams had less than 10 entries for their respective qualifier, they were allowed to fill those spots with wrestlers that competed in at least one varsity dual during the season.