Smith Named Bronco Male Athlete of the Year

Kirk Smith is this year's winner of the BroncoCountry award for Bronco Male Athlete of the Year in balloting just completed. Smith, who finished second in the nation in his weight group at the NCAA National Wrestling Championships, received over 40% of the vote. (Photo by Foto208.com--all rights reserved.)

Kirk Smith has won the 2009-2010 Bronco Male Athlete of the Year in balloting just concluded on BroncoCountry.  The contest featured three All-Americans and two student-athletes that finished #2 in the nation in their respective sports.

Smith received 41.2% of the vote to outdistance Bronco All-American cornerback Kyle Wilson (23.5%) and quarterback Kellen Moore (14.7%).  The versatile decathlon star Kurt Felix garnered 11.8% of the vote, while nickleback Winston Venable received 8.8%.

Smith capped an wonderful junior season with a #2 finish in the 184-pound weight class at the 2010 NCAA National Wrestling Championships in St. Louis . 

Smith spent most of the year as the #1-ranked wrestler in his weight classification.  He was 28-0 until his upset loss at the Championships.  He and the Broncos fell just two points shy of collecting their third consecutive Pac-10 Conference Championship.  Smith pined Michael Larson of Cal State Bakersfield to win his second consecutive Pac-10 title.  Along the way, he scored two wins by fall and one by major decision.

Smith was named Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year, joining Ben Cherrington (2006) as the only Broncos to win the award.   

Smith entered the NCAA National Championships as the #1 seed and defeated Iowa State 's Jerome Ward 4-3 and Wisconsin 's Travis Rutt 6-2 in the opening two rounds.  Kirk faced two-time All-American, #9 seed Phillip Keddy of Iowa in the quarterfinals.  Keddy took an early 2-0 lead but Smith came back for a 3-2 victory.  Smith then topped #4 Michael Cannon of American University with an 11-2 major decision before bowing to #6 Max Askren of Missouri 10-3 in the national championship match.

Smith was named as an All-American for the second time in his career and recorded the best finish by a 184-pound wrestler in school history, beating Cash Edwards' sixth-place finish in 2001.    

Smith recently finished in the top six in the 84 kg. weight class at the World Team Trials.  He downed Doug Umbehauer 5-5, 5-1 but a 6-0, 2-0 loss to Bryce Hasseman would send him to the consolation bracket.  Smith rebounded with wins over James Yonushonis 1-2, 2-1, 2-1 and Quentin Wright 4-0, 1-3, 4-0 to reach the consolation semifinals before a 1-0, 7-0 loss to Raymond Jordan.

As a team Boise State finished the 2010 season ranked No. 21 nationally for overall team GPA. While enjoying another highly successful season on the mat, the Broncos also managed to earn a 3.0179 GPA collectively. Harvard finished the year with the nation's highest team GPA at 3.3098.

Individually, Smith not only received second-team Pac-10 All-Academic accolades but also NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches of America) Academic All-American honors for his accomplishments both on the mat and in the classroom.

Smith joins National Champion wrestler Ben Cherrington (2005-06), basketball star Coby Karl (2006-2007), All-American tackle Ryan Clady (2007-2008) and Wilson (2008-2009) as winners of the BroncoCountry award for Bronco Male Athlete of the Year.

Congrats to Kirk!

 

  2005-2006:

Coach of the Year: Greg Patton, tennis

Team of the Year: The 2006 WAC Champion men's outdoor track team

Male Athlete of the Year: National Champion Ben Cherrington, wrestling

Female Athlete of the Year: Eleni Kafourou, track

 


2006-2007:

Coach of the Year: National Coach of the Year Chris Petersen, football

Team of the Year: The 2006 Fiesta Bowl Champion football team

Male Athlete of the Year: Coby Karl, basketball

Female Athlete of the Year: Eleni Kafourou, track

 


2007-2008:

Coach of the Year: Mike Maynard, track

Team of the Year: The 2008 Pac-10 Champion wrestling team

Male Athlete of the Year: All-American Ryan Clady, football

Female Athlete of the Year: Eleni Kafourou, track

 


2008-2009:

Coach of the Year: Chris Petersen, football

Team of the Year: The 2009 Pac-10 Champion wrestling team

Male Athlete of the Year: Kyle Wilson, football

Female Athlete of the Year: National Champion Eleni Kafourou

 

2009-2010:

Coach of the Year: Chris Petersen, football

Team of the Year: The 2009 Fiesta Bowl Champion football team

Male Athlete of the Year: Kirk Smith, wrestling

Female Athlete of the Year: Pichittra Thongdach, tennis

 


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