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    Bucknell leads nation with perfect APR score

    LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell wrestling team may have been one of 12 Bison squads that posted perfect Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores of 1,000, but it was the lone NCAA wrestling program to achieve that mark, it was announced earlier this week by the NCAA. Bucknell led the nation and was one of just three wrestling teams, along with Northwestern and Penn, with APR scores of at least 990.

    Under the APR system, a student-athlete can be awarded two points per semester -- one for remaining academically eligible throughout the semester and another for being retained for the next term. Team percentages are then calculated to determine its APR.

    The latest APR data represents a four-year average for the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years. The NCAA evaluates programs based on a four-year rolling average and this was the first year the Bucknell wrestling program appeared in the rankings.

    Recently, the NCAA issued Public Recognition Awards to 767 Division I teams ranking in the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sport, based on APR scores. Bucknell had 17 teams honored, a figure ranked first in the Patriot League, seventh in the nation and fifth in the nation based on percentage of sports offered by the institution.

    The Bison wrestling team is coming off a year where it sent a school-record six wrestlers to the NCAA Championships and finished in a tie for 29th place. Bucknell (11-9) tied for third at the EIWA Championships and had a wrestler (Andy Rendos) earn All-America honors for the first time since 1995.

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