Which NCAA Division I wrestling programs can claim the top academic performance for 2019?
The wrestlers of Drexel University pinned down the highest team grade point average with a 3.6263 GPA ... while Ohio State could claim the most wrestlers who earned All-American Scholar status, with seven, according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Top D1 Mat Programs for Team GPA
The Drexel Dragons improved their standing among Division I wrestling programs' GPA, moving up from eighth place last season. In second place was American University. The Eagles wrestlers earned collective 3.5607 GPA. Harvard wrestling placed third, with team GPA of 3.5468.
Here are the top ten Division I wrestling programs based on team GPA:
1. Drexel (3.6263 GPA)
2. American (3.5607 GPA)
3. Harvard (3.5468 GPA)
4. Stanford (3.4189 GPA)
5. Utah Valley University (3.3864 GPA)
6. Sacred Heart University (3.3805 GPA)
7. Hofstra (3.3759 GPA)
8. Brown (3.3594 GPA)
9. Duke (3.3549 GPA)
10. Central Michigan (3.3323 GPA)
In terms of conferences represented among the top ten team grade point averages ... the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association comes out on top, with six EIWA member schools listed (Drexel, American, Harvard, Sacred Heart, Hofstra, and Brown). Four other conferences had one member school each in this ranking: the Pac 12 (Stanford) ... Big 12 (Utah Valley) ... Atlantic Coast Conference (Duke) ... and the Mid-American Conference (Central Michigan). (To see the entire list of NWCA's 2019 NCAA Division Top 30 School All-American Teams, click here.)
Individual Scholar All-Americans
Over 140 Division I wrestlers were named to the 2019 NWCA Scholar All-American list. These scholar-athletes earned their place on the list thanks to achievements in the classroom, as well as for their on-the-mat performance this season, with the majority qualifying for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships held last month in Pittsburgh.
Nine wrestlers who made the NWCA list were finalists at the 2019 Nationals. Four were crowned champs -- Penn State's Anthony Cassar, Bo Nickal, and Jason Nolf … and Rutgers' Anthony Ashnault - with Cornell's Max Dean, Oklahoma State's Daton Fix, Ohio State's Kollin Moore and Micah Jordan, and Nebraska's Tyler Berger placing second in their respective weight classes.
Ohio State can claim the most 2019 NWCA Scholar All-Americans, with seven. In addition to the aforementioned Kollin Moore and Micah Jordan, other Buckeye mat stars on the list include Joey McKenna, Kaleb Romero, KeShawn Hayes, Luke Pletcher, and Malik Heinselman. Lehigh had six wrestlers earn a place on this year's Scholar All-American list, while Drexel, Duke, Penn State, Purdue, and Stanford each had five wrestlers qualify for the list. Seven schools had four wrestlers named to the list. (To see the entire list of 2019 NWCA Scholar All-Americans, click here.)
"Honoring individuals and teams who have set themselves apart in the classroom is one of the greatest ways we can preserve and grow our sport," according to Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director. "Wrestling is one of the top collegiate sports having first-generation college attendees and it's great to see so many student-athletes taking advantage of the opportunity the sport has given them by pursuing excellence in the classroom as well as on the mat."