Wrestling Posts Highest GPA in Country for Third Consecutive Year

Wrestling Posts Highest GPA in Country for Third Consecutive Year

The Crimson finished with the top GPA in five of the past six years (OAC Photo). 

MANHEIM, Pa. – Harvard wrestling was recognized for the seventh time in the last nine years with the highest grade-point average (GPA) in the country by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced Thursday morning.

Finishing atop the list for the third consecutive season, the Crimson posted a 3.565 team GPA, giving Harvard a top-10 mark for the 16th time since the award's inception.

Additionally, the Crimson also had four wrestlers earn All-Academic honors: senior Josef Johnson, senior Kanon Dean, junior Nolan Hellickson, and sophomore Hunter Ladnier.

An NCAA qualifier for the third time in his career, Johnson earned NWCA All-Academic accolades for the third time in his four-year career. The Piscataway, N.J native, who led the Crimson with a 29-13 record at 174 pounds, finished his career ranked ninth amongst program leaders with 91 career victories.

Ladnier received the All-Academic honors for the second straight year after finishing his sophomore season with an 18-12 mark at 149 pounds. The Ohio native finished fifth EIWA Championship with a 4-2 record, including a major decision over Sacred Heart.

Dean and Hellickson, who each registered career years, earned All-Academic honors for the first time. Dean posted a 23-15 mark at 184 pounds, while Hellickson recorded a 20-9 record, and finished seventh at EIWA Championships at 125 pounds.


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