Northern Illinois redshirt junior Dan Burk (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) was named to the Mid-American Conference’s Academic All-Conference Wrestling Team, the conference office announced Wednesday.
Burk, who boasts a 3.67 GPA in kinesiology, is a first-time recipient of the award.
“This is a great honor for Dan and the NIU wrestling program,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig.
“We talk all the time about the importance of academics and that we want to be scholar-athletes. Dan has been a leader within the program, as he lives a championship lifestyle day in and day out. I’m proud to see him receive this prestigious honor as he finishes his career at Northern.”
The Naperville, Ill., native finished the year with an 8-17 record at 165 in 2012-13. Burk took seventh at the Kaufman-Brand Open with a 4-2 record on the day, scoring both of his major decisions on the season at the tournament. He also earned two dual wins, topping Tiffin’s Trevor Nickolai, 7-4, on Nov. 10 and Loras’ Tom Gross, 8-4, on Nov. 17.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for student-athletes who have excelled in both athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the meets that season. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.