LARAMIE, Wyo. (April 29, 2019) – Wyoming Cowboy wrestlers Montorie Bridges and Tate Samuelson have been named Scholar All-Americans this week by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
“Honoring individuals and teams who have set themselves apart in the classroom is one of the greatest ways we can preserve and grow our sport”, Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director said. “Wrestling is one of the top collegiate sports having first-generation college attendees and it’s great to see so many student-athletes taking advantage of the opportunity the sport has given them by pursuing excellence in the classroom as well as on the mat.”
Bridges and Samuelson were both key pieces in the Wyoming lineup this season, both qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa., this March. They were two of 142 wrestlers to receive recognition.
Bridges, a redshirt sophomore earning a 3.75 GPA as a Criminal Justice major, went 31-10 overall on the year with a 16-3 dual mark and 10 ranked wins. The Altus, Okla., native advanced to the Big 12 finals at 133 pounds for the first time in his career this year to follow up an All-American season in 2018. It marks his second consecutive season to be recognized as a Scholar All-American.
A true freshman in 2019, Samuelson is being recognized for his first career Scholar All-American accolade. The Cowboy owns a 3.76 GPA majoring in Business. Samuelson made his first career start in January at 184 pounds, and was in the Wyoming lineup through the rest of the season. The Castle Rock, Colo., product went 23-9 with an 8-1 dual record on the way to qualifying for his first career NCAA Championships.
To qualify for the NWCA All-Academic team, wrestlers must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total schedule, and must have competed in at least 60 percent of said schedule. Wrestlers can also earn a spot on the team if they have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and are an NCAA All-American.