May 8, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
A trio of Indiana University wrestlers earned Academic All-America recognition on Tuesday (May 8), announced by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). As a team the Hoosiers recorded their highest ranking in school history, finishing as the nation's fifth-best academic wrestling team with an overall GPA of 3.2633.
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Matt Powless, Taylor Walsh and Ryan LeBlanc were three of 87 total student-athletes across the country to receive these laurels. Powless becomes the first four-time Academic All-American in program history and the IU trifecta marks the most honorees in the same since 2001 when Coyte Cooper, Ty Matthews and Greg Schaefer each earned the award.
"The NWCA All-Academic Team and Individual Team is one of the best acknowledgements that we can give to our coaches and athletes at the end of a physically grueling season," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer in a release. "These 87 young men have proved that they are not only talented competitors but are leaders in the classroom as well. The NWCA Board of Directors and staff look forward to watching these student-athletes continue their success at the collegiate level and eventually as the leaders of the future once they earn their college degrees."
For teams to be eligible for consideration, the team GPA is comprised of 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.