DURHAM, N.C. ó The Duke wrestling team was announced as the 2006-07 National Wrestling Coaches’ Association All-Academic champion this weekend. With a cumulative team grade point average of 3.3861, the Blue Devils edged out Stanford and last year’s champion Brown.
Individually, Duke placed two wrestlers on the 57-member All-Academic team in 149-pound Daniel Shvartsman and 165-pound Aaron Glover. Glover is a junior with a 3.53 GPA as a psychology major with a certificate in markets and management. He placed fourth at the ACC championships in March. Shvartsman, a graduating senior, will receive his diploma in economics and history with a minor in Russian. He holds a 3.48 GPA and finished third at the ACC championships.
“This is something the NWCA, its board members and staff are always pleased to announce,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “It’s one thing to always talk about how good these guys are on the mat, but we must remember that academics are more important than any particular sport, and it’s great to see these programs doing it in the classroom.”
For teams to be eligible for consideration, teams comprise 12 student athletes, including the 10 wrestlers that were the entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. If teams had less than 10 entries for their respective qualifier, they may fill those spots with wrestlers that competed in at least one varsity dual during the season.
Individually, wrestlers must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total schedule Ė and must have competed in at least 60 percent of said schedule. The other way to qualify for the All-Academic team is have a 3.0 cumulative and been an NCAA All-American.
Top 10 All-Academic Teams (with team GPA)
1. Duke University- 3.3861
2. Stanford University- 3.368
3. Brown University- 3.3649
4. Princeton University- 3.189
5. University of Northern Iowa- 3.1441
6. Duquesne University- 3.1036
7. American University- 3.095
8. Drexel University- 3.0383
9. Northwestern University- 3.0152
10. North Dakota State University- 3.0151