PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University wrestling recorded the second-highest team GPA in the nation while sophomore Ian Butterbrodt earned NWCA All-Academic honors, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.
The Bears rank in the top 10 for the sixth straight year after posting a team GPA of 3.475 in 2017. Brown came in third in 2016, fifth in 2015, fourth in 2014, sixth in 2013, and eighth in 2012. This winter, Brown trailed only Harvard, which placed first with a 3.586 team GPA.
A native of North Andover, Mass., Butterbrodt enjoyed a breakout second-year campaign, finishing the year 19-13 overall, 8-6 in duals, and 5-5 in EIWA duals. He ranked third on the team in wins (19), dual wins (eight), dual EIWA wins (five) and dual points (33) while representing Brown at the EIWA Championships.
The NWCA determines the team grade-point average using a system that includes 12 student-athletes from each program. A total of 10 of these came from the wrestlers that were entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. The NWCA also uses a system, which combines athletic and academic success, in determining individual qualifiers.