The peer-awarded honor, developed in 2007, is presented by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC). Members from the council present nominees for the award, and then student-athletes vote for the recipients.
The award is given to one male and one female student-athlete who demonstrate the leadership, sportsmanship, strong moral character and Sooner pride found within the Sooner Oath.
“This award especially means a lot to me because my fellow student-athletes and friends voted for me to receive it,” Maple said. “It is a great honor and blessing that means a lot to me. Glory to God!”
OU Head Coach Mark Cody said this recognition speaks to Maple’s character.
“We are proud of Kendric,” Cody said. “This is another testament to one of his greatest strengths: his character. He is the total package.”
In 2013, Maple became the first Sooner in eight years to claim an individual NCAA Championship, doing so at 141 pounds. Maple finished a perfect 31-0 in 2012-13, making him one of six wrestlers nationally to end the season undefeated.
During quarterfinal action of the 2013 NCAA Championships, Maple earned his 100th career win, making him the first wrestler under head coach Mark Cody to reach the milestone. He is one of 13 Sooners all-time to reach at least 100 victories in his career.
The Wichita, Kan., native has assembled an illustrious OU career thus far in which he has posted a 102-18 overall record. Maple garnered back-to-back All-America honors in his redshirt sophomore and redshirt junior seasons and also won Big 12 titles in those years.
Maple has also excelled academically, earning first team Academic All-Big 12 honors for the 2012-13 season, a year after being place on the second team. In May, he was named to the NWCA’s Division I Individual All-Academic wrestling team for the 2012-13 season.
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