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ODU Wrestling Posts 2nd Highest GPA in the Country Behind Only Harvard

The ODU wrestling team had the second highest grade point average of all 79 Division I wrestling programs in the nation, as well as had Tristan Warner (3.97 GPA, while double majoring in Communications and Criminal Justice) make the NWCA Division I All-Academic Team, as the 2013-14 Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams and Individuals were announced by the NWCA on Wednesday. Registering a 3.32 GPA, the Monarchs checked in with their highest All-Academic finish in school history and settled in just behind top-ranked Harvard, who recorded a 3.3657 team GPA.

"This is an awesome accomplishment for our guys," said ODU wrestling head coach Steve Martin. "We would like to thank the entire academic support staff led by Dr. April Brecht, as well as Dr. Adela Roxas, Kathryn Koning and Ricardo Sanon. This would not have happened without their support. To be mentioned in the same sentence as Harvard shows we have arrived academically as a program. In 2011, we had the fifth highest GPA, in 2013 we had the eighth highest GPA, and now we are second in the country. So that is three out of the last four years being in the top eight. In addition we are very proud of Tristan Warner for making another Academic All-American Team!"

According to the NWCA, 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.

The Monarch wrestling team has excelled academically in recent memory, as the team combined to post a 3.0 overall GPA for the fall semester this season. Additionally, this accomplishment marks the third time in four years that the ODU wrestling team has finished in the top 10 in the nation academically, as Coach Steve Martin guided his squad to the No. 8 ranking in 2013, while in 2011, ODU was ranked No. 5.

Individually, Harvard and ODU had one wrestler apiece on the All-Academic team, as Tristan Warner garnered yet another academic achievement for possessing an incredible 3.97 GPA, while double majoring in Communications and Criminal Justice, In March, Warner was named the sole recipient of the prestigious Elite 89 Award for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. Warner is Old Dominion University's first ever recipient of the Elite 89 Award.

2013-14 NWCA Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams (GPA)
1. Harvard 3.3657
2. Old Dominion 3.32
3. Gardner-Webb 3.3167
4. Appalachian State 3.31
4. Brown 3.31
6. Duke 3.304
7. Bucknell 3.3
8. Stanford 3.235
9. American 3.21
10. Penn State 3.1831
11. Oklahoma 3.16
11. Ohio 3.16
13. Kent State 3.159
14. Drexel 3.142
15. Indiana 3.114
16. Virginia Tech 3.103
17. Lehigh 3.1
17. Cornell 3.1
17. Princeton 3.1
20. Oklahoma State 3.0978
21. Utah Valley 3.097
22. Minnesota 3.094
23. Northwestern 3.08
24. Ohio State 3.066
24. Michigan 3.066
26. North Dakota State 3.061
27. The Citadel 3.058
28. Nebraska 3.0576
29. George Mason 3.052
30. Eastern Michigan 3.046

For the full list of the 2013-14 NWCA Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams, click here.
For the full list of the 2013-14 NWCA Division I All-Academic Top 30 Individuals, click here.