Columbia ranked 12th this year on the national Top 30 list, joining the five other Ivy League schools which have wrestling teams. In order for teams to be eligible for consideration, the team's grade point average is comprised of 12 student-athletes, including the 10 wrestlers that were the entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. As a team, the Lions boasted a cumulative grade point average of 3.0658.
Rising senior Lou Miller also earned a spot on the individual All-Academic team. To be eligible for this honor, wrestlers must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, have been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total schedule, and must have competed in at least 60 percent of the team's schedule.
Miller, a two-sport athlete, finished the 2008-09 season with a 22-11 overall record competing at 197 pounds. He capped his season with a third-place finish at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships, despite entering the tournament as the eight seed. The Cincinnati, Ohio native was also a first team All-Ivy League selection in football last fall.