MITCHELL, S.D. – Tyler Sarringar’s dedication to the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team and his own individual improvement on the mat is evident in his three straight trips to the NAIA National Tournament and his 19-win season this year.
But although Sarringar puts plenty of time toward wrestling, he also finds the time to maintain an impressive GPA and volunteer his time at various events on the DWU campus and around the community, state and world.
After looking at his impressive resume, faculty athletic representatives from around the Great Plains Athletic Conference have selected Sarringar is the league’s male nominee for the prestigious A.O. Duer Award. Each conference in the NAIA nominates one male and one female junior student-athlete for the award, which is then given to one female and one male from any sport later this spring. The award is named in honor of the NAIA’s former executive secretary, and is awarded to a pair of student-athletes who have excelled in scholarship, character and citizenship.
Sarringar, a junior from Pierre, S.D., was recently named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. The 174-pound wrestler is an athletic training major with a 3.96 GPA. He received DWU’s Randall Academic Scholar award, which is the highest academic scholarship given out at the university. He has been on the dean’s list very semester, and has been awarded the NWCA All-Academic Award each of the past three years.
When he’s not on the mats or in the classroom, Sarringar, who is one of the Tigers’ team captains, still finds time to volunteer. He has helped out with youth wrestling camps and clinics and has been a ref at youth tournaments. He has taken part in the annual DWU food drive and is the Morale Captain of the Children’s Miracle Network Tigerthon. This spring, Sarringar will travel to Peru for the second time in his college career with the DWU mission team to help build a church and serve the people of Peru.
Sarringar is the second nominee from Dakota Wesleyan for the prestigious award in the past three years. Former Tiger women’s golfer Dani Bellet was nominated for – and won – the award as a junior in 2011.
Northwestern College cross country and track athlete Jacqueline Niewenhuis – a Stickney, S.D., native – was chosen as the GPAC’s female nominee for the award. Sarringar and Niewenhuis are up against student-athletes from conferences around the NAIA. The winner of the award will be announced later this spring.