Photo of J.P. O'Connor '10 courtesy of Tabitha Wilson.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former Harvard All-America wrestler J.P. O’Connor ’10 has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large first team, according to an announcement made by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Tuesday morning.
O’Connor, who also took home ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first team honors, concluded his career with his best season, going a perfect 35-0 at the 157 weight class, as he captured the NCAA championship. O’Connor, who graduated from Harvard last month, tied the Harvard wrestling program’s all-time lead in victories with 132, as he posted an impressive 132-16 record during his time in Cambridge. O’Connor was also honored as the Ivy League Wrestler of the Year and was the recipient of the William J. Bingham Award as Harvard’s outstanding male athlete.
A three-time All-American, O’Connor, a native of Oxford, N.Y., was tabbed the EIWA Wrestler of the Year this season, and was a finalist for the Hodge Trophy, presented to the nation’s Outstanding Wrestler of the Year. O’Connor, Harvard’s first freshman in program history to achieve All-America status, qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of his four seasons at Harvard and served as Harvard’s team captain for the past two seasons.
A human and evolutionary biology concentrator, O’Connor earned three nods to the Academic All-Ivy League team and was a three-time National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic choice.