May 8, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University wrestling team has been recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association as the 2007-08 champions of the classroom, having attained the highest team grade point average of Division I wrestling programs, association officials announced Thursday. The wrestling team is the first in AU school history to have the highest team GPA in their respective sport. The team also has achieved NWCA Team Academic All-America status for the third-consecutive year and had four individuals earn Academic All-America status.
The Eagles have achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.335, tying them with Duke as the top Div. I wrestling teams academically. AU had 10 members of its team record a GPA of at least 3.0 in the fall and had four who recorded at least a 3.5. Last year, AU finished with the seventh highest team GPA in Div. I wrestling and was ranked 10th following the 2005-'06 season.
American and Stanford were the only schools this year to rank in the top 10 academically and also place in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships. The Eagles have accomplished this feat in three-consecutive years, placing 23rd at the 2008 championships and 17th in 2007 and 2006.
"I think our student-athletes are a great reflection of the academic excellence of American University," commented Head Coach Mark Cody. "AU students hail from all over the world. They are a diverse group with many different passions -- ours happens to be wrestling. I'm proud of this award, it's a great achievement that our student-athletes have excelled at their sport while succeeding above every other NCAA wrestling program academically."
Individually, senior Josh Glenn, junior Christopher Stout and sophomores Jasen Borshoff and Mike Cannon were each named NWCA Academic All-Americans. Cannon, a business administration major specializing in accounting, earned Academic All-America status for the second straight year with a cumulative GPA of 3.314. Last year, Cannon became AU's first underclassman to earn All-America status and this year he becomes AU's first recipient of multiple Academic All-America awards.
For Glenn, Borshoff and Stout, their recognition as Academic All-Americans is the first of their careers. Glenn, who in 2007 became AU's only national champion in any sport, has maintained a 3.081 GPA as a double-major in international studies and law and society. He was recently honored by the university as the recipient of the Stafford H. Cassell Award given annually to the senior who best exemplifies the traits of Mr. Cassell: total and selfless dedication to the university, profound energy, and reliability as well as intellectual curiosity, friendliness, and helpfulness. Borshoff has achieved a 3.505 GPA and will begin work on his masters degree at AU in the fall after graduating with his bachelors in health promotion in three years. Stout, a business administration major specializing in accounting, has a 3.27 GPA.
"We have worked very hard to put a program in place that helps our student-athletes succeed," added Cody. "As an AU wrestler you are expected to attend every class, to sit in the first two rows and to stay one lesson ahead of the syllabus during your studies. While our program emphasizes being a student first and athlete second, our goal is always to excel in both."
AU's four individual Academic All-Americans ties the program with Duke, Iowa and Liberty for the most individual honors this season. It is also the highest single-season total in AU wrestling's history. In the last four years, Coach Cody's wrestlers have earned nine Academic All-America honors.
The NWCA's team rankings are based on the average GPA of 12 student-athletes from each team, including the 10 who competed at their conference qualifier. 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.
To view the complete list of team and individual award winner, click here.
Top 10 All-Academic Teams
1 American 3.335
3 Liberty 3.286
4 Stanford 3.269
5 Princeton 3.209
6 Gardner-Webb 3.175
7 Brown 3.156
8 Columbia 3.114
9 Campbell 3.109
10 Northern Illinois 3.100