Keith, Peppelman Receive NWCA All-Academic Honors; Wrestling Posts Second Highest GPA in Nation

Harvard has placed in the top 10 of the NWCA team academic standings nine times under head coach Jay Weiss (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – All-American’s Steven Keith and Walter Peppelman have been named to the 2011-12 National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team, while the Crimson garnered All-Academic Team honors with the second highest GPA in the nation, as announced by the association on Tuesday.  

Peppelman has maintained a 3.71 cumulative GPA as a government concentrator in the Kennedy School of Government. The two-time All-American has placed eighth at the NCAA’s as a 157-pounder each of the last two years and is the seventh student-athlete in Harvard history to reach the podium in back-to-back seasons. In 2011-12, he placed second at the EIWA Championships and went 29-8 overall. His 92 career wins rank seventh in program history while his 27 falls rank third. Peppelman was also named to the NWCA All-Academic Team following last season and is a two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection.

Keith, an economics concentrator, holds a 3.02 cumulative GPA in the School of Arts and Sciences. He earned All-America status for the first time in his career this year with an eighth-place finish at 133 lbs. at Nationals. He finished this season with a 34-11 record, marking the sixth most wins in program history. He also took third at the EIWA Championships, third at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and eighth at the Midlands Championships. This is the first NWCA All-Academic Team honor of his career.  

Harvard has placed in the top 10 of the team’s standings nine times under the direction of Jay Weiss, the David G. Bunning ’88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling. The Crimson had led the nation in GPA each of the last two years, but slipped to No. 2 this year with a 3.3766 combined GPA. The University of Nebraska – Lincoln led the way with a combined 3.4623.

The NWCA’s team rankings are based on the average GPA of 12 student-athletes from each team, including the 10 wrestlers who competed at their conference qualifier. For individuals to earn Academic All-America status, they must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total schedule, or been an NCAA All-American with at least a 3.0 GPA.