COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Mesa University senior Jason Buhr, a Centauri graduate, was named as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s Academic Wrestler of the Year this week.
He, along with the other First Team All-Academic team members, were voted on by the conference’s sports information directors. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.
All other student-athletes who meet those requirements, but were not voted First Team, automatically qualify for the Honor Roll, which includes three other Mavericks in sophomores Tyler Johnson (3.600, Nursing) and Donnie Negus (3.677, Kinesiology) as well as redshirt freshman Daniel Van Hoose (3.468, Business). Negus is a repeat selection.
A RMAC record 44 wrestlers earned the honors this year, one more than the previous record of 43 in 2015-16.
A senior from La Jara, Colorado, Buhr is majoring in kinesiology and holds a 3.785 GPA. He recently qualified for this third straight NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament by finishing third in the 165-pound bracket at Saturday’s Super Regional in Kearney, Nebraska.
He is now a 4-time RMAC All-Academic selection and holds a 110-44 career record on the mat, posting a 20-6 mark this season.
Buhr was also named to the Second Team All-RMAC squad this season and was named as the RMAC Freshman of the Year in 2016. He also been named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team twice.
He was also recently featured in the RMAC Academic Profiles series for the month of February.