Bronco Wrestling Earns More Academic Recognition

BOISE, Idaho - The academic honors keep coming for the Boise State wrestling team, as the Broncos received more recognition for their work in the classroom by the National Wrestling Coaches Association this week. The NWCA announced its 2010 Academic All-American honors, Wednesday (May 5), which boasts two individual award winners as well as a team honor for the Broncos.

As a team Boise State finished the 2010 season ranked No. 21 nationally for overall team GPA. While enjoying another highly successful season on the mat, the Broncos also managed to earn a 3.0179 GPA collectively. Harvard finished the year with the nation's highest team GPA at 3.3098.

Individually, juniors Adam Hall and Kirk Smith both received NWCA Academic All-American honors for their accomplishments both on the mat and in the classroom. This marks the second academic honors of the year for both Hall and Smith, as they also received All-Academic honors by the Pac-10 Conference this spring. Hall joined Alan Bartelli as first-team All-Academic Pac-10 honorees, while Smith was voted second-team.

Hall, a Bonners Ferry, Idaho (Bonners Ferry HS) native, boasts a 3.43 GPA as a Health Science Major at Boise State. On the mat Hall is coming off the most successful season of his collegiate career, which culminated by earning All-American honors at 157 pounds with a third-place finish at the NCAA championships. Hall also won his first Pac-10 individual title en route to finishing the season with a 32-3 overall record.

Smith, a Boise, Idaho (Centennial HS) native, has manage to maintain a 3.005 GPA as an Exercise Science major at Boise State. Smith finished this past wrestling season one match short of perfection, as he fell in the 184-pound national championship match to earn All-American honors with a second-place finish. Smith also captured his second consecutive Pac-10 title while wrestling to a 28-1 overall record.

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