Oklahoma State’s Brandon Mason was the only Division I wrestler in the nation to earn a prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship this year, it was announced. Mason was one of only 29 male winter-sport student-athletes to earn the honor. He is the sixth Cowboy wrestler to be recognized as an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winner, joining Todd Chesbro (1992), Travis Gittins (1994), Mark Branch (1997), Steven Schmidt (1998) and Mark Munoz (2001).<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p>
The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.<o:p></o:p>
Mason was a four-year NCAA qualifier for the Cowboys and was a 2007 All-American after placing fifth at the national tournament. He earned academic all-Big 12 honors in each of his four seasons and was a three-time NWCA all-academic team selection. He is expected to be included on the list for a fourth time when the 2009 list is announced.<o:p></o:p>
The Shenandoah, Iowa, native finished his collegiate career with a 107-44 record that included 21 wins over ranked opponents, 14 wins by fall, 17 by technical fall and 17 by major decision. His 107 career wins are good for 26<sup>th</sup> on Oklahoma State’s all-time list.<o:p></o:p>
Mason will be attending Oklahoma State’s medical school after graduating this May with degrees in biological science and nutrition.