Pratt native Darnell Bortz is one of 93 Big 12 student-athletes who have earned the inaugural Dr. Gerald Lage award, the Conference’s highest academic honor.


Bortz, a wrestler at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., is a redshirt freshman studying industrial engineering and management.


Pratt native Darnell Bortz is one of 93 Big 12 student-athletes who have earned the inaugural Dr. Gerald Lage award, the Conference’s highest academic honor.

Bortz, a wrestler at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., is a redshirt freshman studying industrial engineering and management.

The honor is in memory of Lage, who served as the Oklahoma State faculty athletics representative with the NCAA and the Big Eight/Big 12 Conference from 1983 until his death in 2007.

Bortz, a 2009 graduate of Pratt High School, spent his first year at Oklahoma State as a redshirt and has gone 12-10 as a reserve on this year’s team. Bortz won an individual state title for Pratt High his senior year, capping a 43-1 season with a state title at 189. He also graduated from PHS with a perfect grade-point average.

In order to be eligible for the accolade, student-athletes must have lettered at least once in their career while maintaining residence at their institution for at least one academic year. The honoree, which can only be recognized once, should have 100 hours of earned credit with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.80 at the time of nomination.

The Dr. Gerald Lage award winners received public recognition at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships.