The National Wrestling Coaches Association released its annual listing of the top All-Academic teams. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville head coach Jeremy’s Spates’ team ranked No. 14 nationally.
The team grade-point average was determined 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.
Harvard led the nation with a 3.412 grade point average. SIUE, which had a GPA of 3.202, joined fellow Southern Conference teams Gardner-Webb, Chattanooga and Appalachian State among the top 30.
“The NWCA All-Academic Team is one of the best acknowledgements that we can give to our coaches and athletes at the end of a physically grueling season” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “The NWCA Board of Directors and staff look forward to watching these student-athletes continue their success at the collegiate level and eventually as the leaders of the future once they earn their college degrees.”
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About National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)
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 a primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The membership embraces all people interested in amateur wrestling. The three core competencies of the NWCA are: coaching development, student-athlete welfare, and the promotion of wrestling.