CU’s Garrett, Hunt, Rodrigues earn Academic All-District wrestling honors

Staff Reports • Updated May 22, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Cumberland student-athletes Austin Garrett, Zeke Hunt and Pedro Rodrigues were voted Capital One Academic All-District 2, as announced this week by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Garrett, Hunt and Rodrigues will enter the pool of candidates for Capital One Academic All-America, which will be announced at the end of the month. To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America program, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 grade-point-average on a 4.0 scale. CoSIDA members may nominate student-athletes from their own institution and only current dues-paying members of the organization may nominate.

Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination. No student-athlete is eligible until he/she has complete one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore eligibility.

Garrett led the Bulldogs in scoring average all four years of his career, posting a 72.8 average in 2013-14. The Smithville native won a pair of events during the fall, including the Bluegrass Fall Classic/Mid-South Conference Fall Invitational as well as the Millsaps Collegiate. He also placed second at the Mid-South Conference Spring Invitational and the TNU Spring Invitational and was also third at the RedHawk Spring Classic.

Garrett was a first team All-Mid-South Conference selection in each of the last two seasons and was a TranSouth All-Conference honoree during his sophomore campaign as well. He posted 20 career top 5 finishes and placed in the Top 10 on 26 occasions during his career. He graduated this month with a 3.69 grade-point-average in business administration.

Hunt is a two-time NAIA All-American, finishing eighth as a junior at the national championships and sixth this past year. He won the NAIA East Region Qualifier in each of the last two seasons. The Dacula, Ga., native carries a 3.78 GPA and graduated this month with his bachelor’s in engineering science.

He posted a 25-9 mark with wins over six ranked opponents as a senior and was 37-13 with eight victories against ranked foes as a junior. Hunt ended his career with 97 victories for the Bulldogs and is a two-time first team All-Mid-South Conference selection.

Rodrigues was a second team All-American as a junior and a first team All-Mid-South Conference selection in each of the last two seasons. The Batalha, Portugal, native was named All-TranSouth Conference as a freshman and sophomore as well.

He finished his career with a 56-22 singles mark and a 59-26 doubles record, including 19-3 in singles and 18-7 in doubles as a sophomore and 15-6 in singles and 19-7 in doubles last season. This year he posted a 12-8 record in singles and 13-7 in doubles for the Bulldogs. He graduated this month with a 3.75 GPA in management.

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