June 24, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three Air Force wrestlers have been named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes for the 2012-13 season, as announced by the league this afternoon. Earning the honor this year are 2013 graduate Jared Erickson, rising junior Jesse Stafford and rising sophomore Marcus Malecek.
A native of Newton, Utah, Erickson graduated from the Academy in May with a 3.59 GPA as a civil engineering major. A four-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete, Erickson was also a three-time Western Wrestling Conference All-Academic honoree and compiled a 13-4 record for the 2012-13 season.
Stafford (Loomis, Calif.) concluded the 2012-13 academic year with a 3.57 GPA as a civil engineering major, earning the second Mountain West Scholar-Athlete honor of his career. This season, he registered a 23-13 overall record as the Falcons' starter at 165 pounds and was named to the NWCA All-Academic team, as well as the WWC All-Academic team.
Meanwhile, Malecek earns his first Mountain West Scholar-Athlete award, posting a 3.58 GPA in systems engineering in his first season. Malecek compiled a 5-4 overall record as one of the Falcons' backups at heavyweight.
A league-record 623 student-athletes were honored with the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award this season. The award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the Conference. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have participated in varsity competition in an NCAA-sponsored sport.