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Local sports briefs: IPFW academics honored

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 12:01 am
IPFW again stands atop the Summit League as 66 Mastodon student-athletes were named to the fall Academic Honor Roll, more than any other institution. A total of 463 Summit League student-athletes from the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and volleyball were recognized for their academic excellence.In order to be selected to the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 or better grade-point average (GPA) in the semester in which they compete and must use a year of eligibility.

IUPUI was second with 64 honorees, followed by South Dakota State and Western Illinois tied for third with 54 recipients each. North Dakota State had 52 student-athletes and Omaha landed 50 honorees. Denver and South Dakota each placed 47 student-athletes to the list. Associate men's soccer members Eastern Illinois and Oral Roberts placed 15 and 14 student-athletes on the team, respectively.Following a seventh-place finish at the NWCA National Duals and a third-place finish at the Missouri Valley College Invitational, the Indiana Tech wrestling team moved up one spot to No. 8 in this week's NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll.

The Warriors collected 61 points, just nine behind Southern Oregon and 11.5 points ahead of Cumberlands (Ky.). Tech has eight individuals ranked in the top-16 of their respective weight classes, led by senior Justin Brooks who is ranked third at 133-pounds and is 6-0 this season with five falls and a major decision.

Joining Brooks at 133 is Mitch Pawlak who ranks eighth, third in the East region. At 125-pounds Kristopher McKinley is tied for ninth and is fourth in the East. Travis Barroquillo is eighth at 140-pounds while Mitch Roadruck is 13th at 149, despite being unranked in the last poll.

The Warriors have the week off before welcoming Calumet and Mott Community College to the WAC on Jan. 31 for senior night at Indiana Tech. The duals will begin at 3 p.m. with senior night presentations taking place around 6:45 p.m.


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