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Wrestling Records Top GPA in the Country for Fourth Time in Five Years

Harvard has ranked in the top 10 academically 11 times under Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second season in a row and fourth time in five years, the Harvard wrestling team has been honored as the top academic program in the country by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) with the release of its annual All-Academic teams and Individual All-Academic awards on Wednesday.

The Crimson combined for a 3.3657 GPA to claim the top spot on the list once again, marking the 11th time since the award's inception that Harvard has landed in the top 10. Old Dominion came in second in the team standings with a 3.32 GPA, with Gardner-Webb (3.3167), Appalachian State (3.31) and Brown (3.31) rounding out the top five.

James Fox received the NWCA's Individual All-Academic award, signifying the seventh straight year that at least one member of the Crimson has received the honor and the second straight year that the accolade has been bestowed upon Fox.

A psychology concentrator from Plainfield, N.J., Fox boasts a cumulative GPA of 3.751 and is a three-time NCAA Qualifier. The rising senior was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League first team this past season, and next year will be serving his second stint as a team captain.

The team grade-point average 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.