Wrestling Ranks Third Nationally in NWCA's Top 30 List for Team GPA

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Randy Martin

NEW YORK - The National Wrestling Coaches Association announced its annual Division I Individual All-Academic and Top 30 Teams lists for the 2010-11 wrestling season on May 19.  This marks the 15th consecutive year the Lions had earned the team honor, dating back to the 1996-97 season.

"I am very proud of our team for their excellence in the classroom this year," said Brendan Buckley, the Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling.  "They have once again proven that success in the classroom and on the mat need not be mutually exclusive of one another. We had outstanding leadership this year not only in the wrestling room, but in the classroom as well, which is reflected in this honor."

Out of the 30 teams honored, Columbia ranked third overall in the nation with a team cumulative grape point average of 3.2917.  The Lions were one of five Ivy League schools on the list and boasted the second highest team GPA within the conference.  Overall, Harvard took top honors with a 3.5133, followed by American's 3.4812.  The Lions jumped up five spots from a season ago when they ranked eighth overall.

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.

Rising senior Eren Civan 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.

Civan finished his impressive season with a 23-13 overall record, highlighted by a second place finish at the EIWA Championships and qualifying for the NCAA Championships.  He was named second team All-Ivy League at 165 pounds for the third consecutive year and also earned Winter Academic All-Ivy League honors.

 

Top-10 Teams

1

Harvard

3.5133

2

American

3.4812

3

Columbia

3.2917

4

South Dakota State

3.2296

5

Old Dominion

3.166

6

Princeton

3.145

7

Chattanooga

3.1386

8

Nebraska-Lincoln

3.1343

9

Utah Valley

3.1334

10

Cornell

3.1111

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