Wrestling Posts Highest GPA in Country

Wrestling Posts Highest GPA in Country

The Crimson tallied the top GPA for the sixth time in eight years (Gil Talbot).

MANHEIM, Pa. – Reaching the pinnacle of academic success for the fourth time in the last five years, and the sixth time in eight years, Harvard wrestling was honored as the team with the highest grade-point average (GPA) in the country by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).

The Crimson posted a 3.586 team GPA, giving Harvard a top-10 mark for the 15th time since the award's inception. Harvard finished atop the list for the second-consecutive season.

The Crimson also had four wrestlers selected as All-Academic individuals: senior Jeffrey Ott, junior Josef Johnson and freshmen A.J. Jaffe and Hunter Ladnier.

Ott earned the award for the second time in his career. An NCAA qualifier, Ott tallied 14 victories at 133 pounds on the season. He finished with a career 68-54 record, including 15 pins.

Johnson is also a two-time winner of the award, and qualified for the NCAA Championships at 174 pounds. He led the team with a 30-13 record on the season, including top-two results in three fall tournaments.

Wrestling at 141 pounds, Jaffe ranked second on the team with 22 victories, including a team-best nine in dual action. The freshman took sixth at the EIWA Championships, and was a second team All-Ivy honoree.

Ladnier competed at 149 pounds, and advanced to the NCAA Championships after a second-place performance at the EIWA Championships. Recording a 19-win campaign, Ladnier went 6-2 in dual action and tallied three pins and a Harvard-best five triumphs via technical fall. He was also a second-team All-Ivy selection.