The team grade-point average was determined using a system that includes 12 student-athletes from each program
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard wrestling team has been honored as one of the top programs in the country, as the Crimson posted the highest team grade-point average for the fifth time in seven years, the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced.
The Crimson combined for a 3.412 GPA to mark the 14th time Harvard has landed in the top 10 nationally since the award’s inception.
“I’m very proud of the team,” said Jay Weis, The David G. Bunning ’88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling. “We have uncompromised standards that need to be met and high academics is one of them. If there is one thing that Harvard inspires, it’s dreaming bigger and then it provides all the tools necessary to achieve those goals. We can’t just want to be great in one aspect of our lives. I’m proud that our team buys into that mission. It pays off in the long run.”
Senior Devon Gobbo, sophomore Josef Johnson and junior Jeffrey Ott received the NWCA’s Individual All-Academic award, marking the 10th-consecutive year that at least one member of the Crimson was honored.
Gobbo, an economics concentrator for Basking Ridge, New Jersey, was the EIWA champion at 165 lbs., earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. A unanimous All-Ivy League choice, he also earned Academic All-Ivy honors.
Johnson, who hails from Piscataway, New Jersey, qualified for NCAAs after placing sixth at the EIWA Championships at 174 lbs.
A native of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Ott, a psychology concentrator, was tabbed to the All-Ivy League second team at 133 lbs.
The team grade-point average was determined using a system that includes 12 student-athletes from each program. A total of 10 of these came from the wrestlers that were entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. If teams had less than 10 entries for their respective qualifier, they were allowed to fill those spots with wrestlers that competed in at least one varsity dual during the season.
For individuals to earn Academic All-America status, they must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total schedule, or been an NCAA All-American with at least a 3.0 GPA.