Senior B.J. Futrell, a kinesiology major, is a two-time NWCA All-Academic honoree.
May 8, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Redshirt-junior's 133-pounder B.J. Futrell and 165-pounder Conrad Polz were named to the Individual All-Academic team presented by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, the organization announced Tuesday. Futrell and Polz, both kinesiology majors, are two of 27 Big Ten student-athletes who earned the honor.
Futrell is a two-time NWCA All-Academic honoree, also winning the award last season. He had his best year on the mat, going 30-9 record, including a 16-4 mark in duals. Futrell finished third at the 2012 Big Ten Championships, which gave him an automatic qualification for his third trip to the NCAA Championships. Futrell is a two-time All-American as he placed sixth at this year's national tournament while also led the team in pins with 13 on the season. This is the Park Forest, Ill., native's second time being named to the NWCA All-Academic Team while also being a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Polz had a breakout 2011-12 campaign, earning his first All-America honor by finishing eighth at the 2012 NCAA's, and finishing the year with a 24-8 record. He placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships and went 6-1 in Big Ten duals after being sidelined by a torn MCL on Nov. 20 against Lehigh. Polz is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
The Individual All-Academic team is based on both academic performance and athletic accomplishments, and wrestlers can qualify one of two different ways: with a 3.2 cumulative GPA and having been an NCAA qualifier or winning 60 percent of his matches; or with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and having earned NCAA All-America honors. The NWCA honored 87 individuals this season, including 27 from the Big Ten Conference. The list included five NCAA Champions, three NCAA Runner-Ups, 23 All-Americans and 77 NCAA Qualifiers.