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The National Wrestling Coaches Association announced its annual Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams and the NWCA Individual All-Academic wrestling team for the 2009-10 wrestling season Wednesday morning. Harvard had the top GPA in the nation, while NCAA Champion J.P O’Connor earned a spot on the All-Academic wrestling team for the third time.
The 2009-10 All-Academic individual team includes 61 NCAA qualifiers, 23 NCAA All-Americans, seven NCAA finalists and the five NCAA champions. In all, 74 individuals representing 45 schools are being honored on this year’s All-Academic Team.
Harvard topped the team standings representing the Ivy League and the EIWA. After finishing second last year, the Crimson finished atop of the rankings for the first time in school history.
The Crimson led the pack with a team GPA of 3.3098, followed closely by last year’s top team American, with a team GPA of 3.296. Rounding out the top five teams were Nebraska, Duke and Davidson.
All eleven conferences were represented in the top 30 with the EIWA leading the way with seven teams representing the conference: Harvard, American, Columbia, Brown, Cornell, the United States Military Academy, and Princeton.
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.
O’Connor, a three-time All-American, earned a spot on the All-Academic team for the third time in his career. A human evolutionary biology concentrator is also a two-time Academic All-Ivy League recipient.
To qualify for the All-Academic team, a wrestler must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, and either been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total schedule – and must have competed in at least 60 percent of said schedule. The other way to qualify for the All-Academic team is to have a 3.0 GPA and been an NCAA All-American.