Illini Wrestler Earns Academic All-American Honor

Fighting Illini wrestler John Lockhart was named a second team academic All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Fighting Illini wrestler John Lockhart was named a second team academic All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

April 27, 2000

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fighting Illini wrestler John Lockhart has been named a second team academic All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). Lockhart, a sophomore from Mahomet, Ill., has a cumulative grade point average of 3.28 and is majoring in kinesiology. He finished seventh in the nation during the 1999-2000 season at heavyweight and compiled a 32-7 record for the Illini.

The top Division I Wrestling Academic team during the 2000 year is Princeton, with a GPA of 3.3735 for the team members. Stanford ranks No. 2, with a 3.3080 GPA, followed by Brown with a 3.1767 GPA, Boston College with a 3.1407 GPA and Drexel with a 3.1018 GPA. Rounding out the top ten teams are Campbell, Cleveland State, Harvard, Duquesne and Ohio University.

The First Team is led by a pair of NCAA Champions, Cael Sanderson of Iowa State and Brad Vering of Nebraska. Sanderson, the 184-pound champion as a sophomore, has a 3.02 GPA in Art and Design. Vering, the 197-pound champion as a junior, has a 3.07 GPA in Diversified Ag. Studies.

Iowa State has the most First Team members with three, including Cael Sanderson, his older brother Cody Sanderson and Joe Heskett. Others on the First Team include Robert Rohn of Lehigh, Brandon Eggum of Minnesota, Richard Springman of Pennsylvania, Kirk White of Boise State, Larry Quisel of Boise State, Nick Muzashvili of Michigan State and Zachary Breitenbach of North Carolina State.

Iowa State also had the most total Academic All-Americans with five. A total of 27 universities had at least one Academic All-Americans this year.


1. Princeton University3.3735
2. Stanford3.3080
3. Brown University3.1767
4. Boston College3.1407
5. Drexel University3.1018


Cody SandersonSr.Iowa StatePre-Med2nd NCAA3.5
Cael SandersonSo.Iowa StateArt and DesignNational Champ3.02
Joe HeskettSo.Iowa StateSpeech Communication2nd NCAA3.15
Brad VeringJr.NebraskaDiversified Ag. StudiesNational Champ3.07
Robert RohnSo.LehighAccounting5th NCAA3.53
Brandon EggumSr.MinnesotaAPEC3rd NCAA3.15
Richard SpringmanJr.PennsylvaniaMechanical Engineering5th NCAA3.25
Kirk WhiteSr.Boise StatePE, Secondary Education5th NCAA3.53
Larry QuiselSr.Boise StateCivil Engineering2nd NCAA3.173
Nick MuzashviliSr.Michigan StateSupply Chain Management4th NCAA3.000
Zachary BreitenbachJr.N.Carolina StateZoology3.992


Kevin BaltzJr.UT-ChattanoogaLawNCAA Qualifier3.833
John CristianJr.CampbellPsychologyNCAA Qualifier3.87
Billy GreeneSr.CampbellMathematicsNCAA Qualifier3.8
Brandon DansieSr.WyomingEconomics2nd Western Reg.3.763
Matthew PicarsicJr.HarvardEconomics3rd EIWA3.93
Corey HamrickSr.WyomingPhys. Ed. - TeachingNCAA Qualifier3.667
Eric SchmiesingJr.HofstraApplied Economics5th NCAA3.04
Bryan SnyderSo.NebraskaCommunication5th NCAA3.08
John LockhartSo.IllinoisKinesiology7th NCAA3.28
Nathan RickmanJr.James MadisonIntgr. Science & TechnologyNCAA Qualifier3.696
Clayton HackermanSr.StanfordLinguistics3.72


Clint OsbornSo.North CarolinaEnglish/EconomicsNCAA Qualifier3.64
Carl FronhoferFr.PittsburghUndecidedNCAA Qualifier3.64
David DietrichSo.DrexelElementary EducationNCAA Qualifier3.56
Daniel BednarJr.OhioChemical EngineeringNCAA Qualifier3.514
Joe HensonSo.NebraskaSocial SciencesNCAA Qualifier3.51
Jeff KnuppSo.Penn StateChemical EngineeringNCAA Qualifier3.53
Rudy Ruiz IISr.StanfordLinguisticsNCAA Qualifier3.52
Kevin KurtzSr.HarvardEconomics4th EIWA3.5
Gregory SawyerSo.Seton HallSpecial Ed/Elementary Ed2nd ECWA3.511
Nick MengerinkJr.PittsburghBiological ScienceNCAA Qualifier3.43
Jamie GroudleSr.North CarolinaBusiness3rd ACC3.39
Tony WielandSr.Northern IowaJunior HS Science TeachingNCAA Qualifier3.44
Steven PregiatoJr.Boston CollegeAccounting3rd ECWA3.356
Gerald HarrisSo.Cleveland StateUndecided3.28
Owen ElzenSo.MinnesotaPre-KinesiologyNCAA Qualifier3.27
Mike FickellJr.PennsylvaniaFinance & ManagementNCAA Qualifier3.29
Jonathan GoughSr.PennsylvaniaBiological Basis of BehaviorNCAA Qualifier3.156
Dionisios PapadatosJr.HofstaExercise SpecialistNCAA Qualifier3.294
Dawid RechulSo.HarvardBiology2nd EIWA3.25
Charles SagemanFr.Michigan StateElectrical Engineering3.214
Jeremy SellSr.WyomingChemical Engineering2nd WAC3.298
Raymond StofkoSr.DrexelBusiness and AdministrationNCAA Qualifier3.31
Phillip MansuetoSo.Cleveland StateEducation3.21
Kyle HansenSo.Northern IowaConstruction ManagementNCAA Qualifier3.15
David IlariaSo.Seton HallUndecided3rd ECWA3.22
Ed MosleySr.HarvardBiologyNCAA Qualifier3.15
Karl Nadolsky, Jr.Fr.Michigan StatePre-MedicalNCAA Qualifier3.22
Brad WrightSr.OhioBusinessNCAA Qualifier3.22
Travis KraftSo.Eastern MichiganCommunications4th Mid-Amer3.116
Mark KnauerJr.Iowa StateAgriculture EducationNCAA Qualifier3.13
Cole SandersonJr.Iowa StateDieteticsNCAA Qualifier3.1
Fikret DarzanoffJr.Seton HallCriminal Justice2nd ECWA3.176
Shane HartzlerJr.OhioEducation3rd Mid-Amer3.1146
K.C. RockSr.Boise StatePE, Secondary EducationNCAA Qualifier3.076