Four Air Force Wrestlers Named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes
June 28, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Four Air Force wrestlers have been named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes for the 2010-11 season, as announced by the league today. Earning the honor this year are rising juniors Jared Erickson and Brandon Mueller, who each earn their second MWC Scholar-Athlete accolades of their careers, and rising sophomores Max Piazza and Jesse Stafford.
Erickson, a native of Newton, Utah, currently holds a 3.60 GPA as a civil engineering major. The Falcons' starting heavyweight and third-team All-Western Wrestling Conference selection was also named to the WWC All-Academic team.
Mueller, a physics major from Greenleaf, Wis., owns the top GPA on the team, carrying a 3.73 grade point average. Piazza (St. Louis, Mo.) and Stafford (Loomis, Calif.), who both have undeclared majors, carry a 3.55 and 3.52 GPA, respectively. Mueller competed in 12 matches over the season, while Piazza saw action in two matches. Meanwhile, Stafford, the recipient of the Falcons' Commitment to Excellence Award for the 2010-11 season, posted 18 victories on the year and was a placewinner at both the Cowboy Open and Kaufman/Brand Open in November.
A total of 581 student-athletes were honored this season, shattering the previous league record of 549 honorees, set in 2008-09. The Mountain West Scholar-Athlete 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.