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SIUE Wrestling Earns Academic Honors

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference released its academic honor roll for the 2017-18 academic year on Tuesday with 13 SIUE wrestlers earning the distinction.

The academic honor roll originated in 1988-89, when SoCon athletic directors established the award as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in varsity sports and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher, were eligible the entire academic year and were members of the final squad lists.

Bryce Shewan also was named to the SoCon Academic All-Conference team. To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the spring semester and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams' competitions. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least three semesters at their institutions, making true freshmen and first-year transfers ineligible for inclusion.

SIUE wrestling completed its season in the SoCon and is transitioning next season to competition in the Mid-American Conference.

Below is the complete list of SIUE honorees with year, 2017-18 grade point average and current major.

Joe Antonelli , Jr., 3.07, Business
Jacob Blaha , Fr., 3.30, Undecided
Zac Gentzler , Gr., 3.20, Integrative Studies
Jacob Godinez , Jr., 3.62, Exercise Science
Tommy Helton , R-Fr., 3.67, Undecided
Cameron Kelly , Sr., 3.38, Exercise Science
Dakota Leach , R-Sr., 3.33, Civil Engineering
Matt Malavsky , Fr., 3.36, Undecided
John Muldoon , R-Jr., 3.00, Criminal Justice
Trent Rakers , Fr., 3.67, Undecided
Bryce Shewan , Fr., 3.08, Undecided
Erik Travers , R-Jr., 3.50, Exercise Science
Karsten Van Velsor , R-Sr., 3.30, Special Education

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