Zach Sanders to Receive National Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award
Courtesy: University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota incoming freshman wrestler Zachary Sanders will be recognized as the national winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award at the 2007 National Wrestling Hall of Fame Honors Weekend Banquet and Induction Ceremony this Saturday, June 2, in Stillwater, Okla.
A native of Wabasha, Minn., Sanders was a five-time state champion and compiled a career record of 223-5 at Wabasha-Kellogg High School. He won the Class A 119-pound title in 2007, the 112-pound title as a junior and sophomore, and the 103-pound title as a freshman and eighth grader. Sanders ended his high school career with three undefeated seasons. He had a 3.58 GPA in high school.
In addition, he was a Cadet and Junior freestyle national champion, the 2007 National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Senior champion at 119 pounds and was an Asics First Team All-American in 2006.
Earlier this year, Sanders was also named Mr. Minnesota of Wrestling by the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association.
The Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award is presented annually to a high school senior who has demonstrated outstanding wrestling success, scholastic achievement, character, citizenship and community service. The awards program is named in honor of the late Dave Schultz, an Olympic and world champion, who set an example for excellence both on and off the mat.
The selection for the national winner of the Dave Schultz award begins with local winners from each of the 48 states that sponsor high school wrestling championships. Five regional winners are then selected from the 48 state representatives before the national winner is determined.
Sanders and fellow incoming freshman Sonny Yohn were both selected as their respective state?s and regional winners. Yohn, a native of Alamosa, Colo., is a three-time Colorado state champion at 189 pounds and finished his career with a 153-15 overall record. He was the 2006 NHSCA Junior National Champion and finished second at the USAW Junior freestyle nationals. Yohn finished second at the 2007 NHSCA Senior nationals at 215 pounds. He had a 3.8 GPA in high school.
Sanders is the third Minnesota recruit to earn the national Dave Schultz award since its inception in 1996. Current Gopher C.P. Schlatter, a 2007 All-American and two-time Academic All-American, earned the award in 2003, and former two-time All-American Garrett Lowney was the recipient in 1998.