The Crimson has earned the highest GPA among Div. I wrestling programs three times in four years (Robert Preston).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard wrestling team was honored as the top academic program in the country on Monday when the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released its annual All-Academic teams and Individual All-Academic awards.
The Crimson combined for a GPA of 3.418 to take home top honors, marking the third time in four years that Harvard has finished No. 1 in the rankings. The Crimson placed second last year and has been ranked in the top 10 10 times under Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling.
The runner-up in this year's team competition was the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a 3.32 GPA. Rounding out the top five was Stanford University (3.25), Indiana University (3.24) and the University of Virginia (3.24).
Walter Peppelman and James Fox received the NWCA's Individual All-Academic award, signifying the sixth straight year that at least one member of the Crimson has received the honor and the third straight year that the accolade has been bestowed upon Peppelman. The senior has maintained a 3.717 GPA as a government concentrator in the Kennedy School of Government, and last week was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 1 Men's At-Large first team. Peppelman is also a three-time Winter Academic All-Ivy pick, a two-time All-American, a three-time EIWA placewinner and will graduate ranked fifth in program history with 111 career wins.
Fox, who boasts a 3.724 GPA as a psychology concentrator, qualified for the NCAA Championships for a second straight year this past season. He turned in 13-6 record as a sophomore and finished as the runner-up at 197 lbs. at the EIWA Championships.
The team GPA was determined using a system that includes 12 student-athletes from each program. A total of 10 of these came from the wrestlers that were entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. If teams had less than 10 entries for their respective qualifier, they were allowed to fill those spots with wrestlers that competed in at least one varsity dual during the season.
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.