Empey and Shorts Land on Pac-12 All-Academic Wrestling Team

Empey and Shorts Land on Pac-12 All-Academic Wrestling Team

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A pair of Cal Poly wrestlers have been honored by placement on the Pac-12 Wrestling All-Academic Teams as announced by Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.

Junior heavyweight Spencer Empey landed on the first team for the second time while senior 157-pounder and national qualifier Colt Shorts earned honorable mention praise.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and appear in at least 50 percent of his team's scheduled competitions.

Empey, a mechanical engineering major from Sparks, Nevada, compiled a 17-16 record this past season with two falls, a pair of technical falls and three major decisions. He placed second in the Roadrunner Open, sixth in the Reno Tournament of champions and was fourth in the Pac-12 Championship.

Shorts, who majors in kinesiology, won 21 of 35 matches with four falls and five majors and was 8-6 in dual meets. From Canonsburg, Penn., Shorts placed second in the Reno Tournament of Champions, fourth in the Roadrunner Open, seventh in the Las Vegas Invitational and qualified for the nationals by placing second in the Pac-12 Championships.

Cal Poly won six dual meets under first-year head coach Jon Sioredas, doubling the total of a year earlier and the most dual victories for the program in five seasons. Six Mustangs were place winners in the Roadrunner Open as well as the Reno Tournament of Champions.