AU Wrestling Earns NWCA All-Academic Team Recognition

AU Wrestling Earns NWCA All-Academic Team Recognition

MANHEIM, Pa. – The American University wrestling program has been recognized as an NWCA Division I All-Academic Top 30 team, as announced recently by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Additionally, AU team captain John Boyle earned individual NWCA All-Academic Team honors for the first time in his career.

The Eagles finished the 2014-15 season with the third-highest team GPA in Division I wrestling. With a 3.358 team GPA, American finished just behind Eastern Michigan (3.382) and Harvard (3.372), who earned the top two spots.

This season marks the seventh time in the past eight years that the Eagles have finished in the top 10 in the nation in team GPA, including first-place results in 2008 and 2009.

"This award and the academic success of our wrestlers is a direct result of their commitment both on and off the mat," said head coach Teague Moore. "These young men understand the value of an American University education and it is great to see their hard work pay off.

"We talk about being the best possible academic team we can be, every day. I'm very proud of their success and being able to lead this group of young men."

Boyle, a rising senior from Rutherford, N.J., carries a 3.40 cumulative GPA as an accounting major and made his first NCAA appearance this season after placing second at the EIWA Championships. Boyle compiled a 37-10 overall record in 2014-15, ranking second in program history in single-season victories.

"This award for John is proof of his commitment as an American Eagle," said Moore. "As the team captain, he understands the goals of a student-athlete and this award allows him to lead by example.

"John will be a great success in life because he knows how to balance his priorities and strives for excellence in all he does."

The team GPA's are 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 qualifier. For individuals to earn All-Academic Team 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.