May 25, 2011

Brown Wrestling Named to NWCA All-Academic Top 30

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  – Brown wrestling has been named one of the top 30 academic programs in the country as announced by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) in its annual Division I All-Academic list. 

For teams to be eligible for consideration, the team GPA is comprised of 12 student athletes, including the 10 wrestlers that were the entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. If teams had less than 10 entries for their respective qualifier, they may fill those spots with wrestlers that competed in at least one varsity dual during the season.

Harvard is honored as the nation's top academic wrestling program for the second year in a row, while American, Columbia, South Dakota State, Old Dominion, Princeton, Chattanooga, Nebraska, Utah Valley and Cornell rounded out the top-10.

Ten of the eleven Division I Conferences are represented in the Top 30. The EIWA has the most teams with nine. 

"Being able to recognize our coaches and their teams for the accomplishments that they have made academically is always a high point at the end of the season for our staff. All of the athletes that have made this year's team are setting themselves up for success once they leave college, they are becoming leaders of the future," said Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments.   The membership embraces all people interested in amateur wrestling.