Varsity/JV Wrestling · Buffs’ girls’ wrestlers receive academic team award

Boys’ team named to honorable mention list

Athletics at Garden City High School and in most schools across Kansas have always put an emphasis on student in the term “Student-Athlete.” Student first, athlete second.

So it should come as no surprise that Garden City High School has recently been notified of an academic award for one of its athletic programs.

The Garden City High School girls wrestling team has been named the All-Academic State Champions for the fall 2020-2021 school year.

The award, presented by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association, was recently announced and presented to Carlos Prieto, head wrestling coach for the Buffaloes girls and boys programs.

“I’m super proud of the fact that they are students first and foremost,” Prieto said in discussing the award. “As a coach, that is the first thing I talk about to the kids is to stay on top of your grades.”

To qualify for consideration, a team must enter all fall 2020 unweighted grade-point-averages for all of the wrestlers, who competed in the 2021 Regional Division I tournament in February, 2021. To be eligible, a team must have a minimum of six wrestlers competing in the regional tournament.

To be considered for the award, a team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above. The Lady Buffs’ wrestling team, in addition to the academic award, brought home a third-place team trophy in the KSHSAA Division I state tournament.

“I’m really proud of our kids and what they accomplished in just an unprecedented year,” Prieto said.

There are no records that would indicate any previous athletic team academic award, so it might be the first academic award state championship award for any sport.

The Buffs’ boys wrestling team received an honorable mention consideration, in which a team that also has a minimum of six competitors in the district and/or regional tournaments, which indicates a team’s GPA is from a 2.8 to 3.19 average.