SIUE matmen rank high in academics

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.”

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.