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The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) is proud to announce its 2001 NWCA Division I wrestling academic teams. Each year the NWCA honors its Academic Top Twenty-five Division I wrestling teams, as well as a First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention Team of Academic All-Americans. Princeton University receives honors as the top-ranked academic team in Division I, with a team GPA of 3.43. The Tigers achievement is a repeat of their 2000 top ranking. Stanford University ranks second with a 3.235 grade point average followed by Boston College (3.226), Harvard University (3.223) and Central Michigan (3.187). Rounding out the top ten teams in order were: James Madison, Duquesne, Cleveland State, Cornell and Brown. Team rankings are selected by taking the average GPA of each team's starting ten wrestlers along with two backups that wrestled in at least one varsity match. The individual Academic All-American team is highlighted with three NCAA Champions and three runner-ups on the first team. The first team is led by John Lockhart of Illinois, Adam Tirapelle of Illinois and Mark Munoz of Oklahoma State. Lockhart, the NCAA Champion at 285lbs has a 3.45 GPA in Kinesiology. The 149lbs Champion Tirapelle has a 3.02 GPA also in Kinesiology, while 197lbs Champion Munoz has a 3.41 GPA in Health Promotions. The Illini paced the first team with three members including Matt Lackey. Other members of the first team include Iowa's Jody Strittmater, Iowa State's Joe Heskett, Erick "Otto" Olson of Michigan, Nebraska's Brian Snyder and the Minnesota Duo of Brad Pike and Owen Elzen. Munoz and Heskett are repeat members of the first team. James Madison University placed the most wrestlers on the team with four followed by several teams with three members. The team features wrestlers from 32 universities, 44 NCAA qualifiers, and 17 All-Americans. Mike Moyer, Executive Director of the NWCA said, "The results of the 2001 NWCA Academic All-American Rankings simply validates the NWCA's belief that many of our nations top collegiate wrestlers are committed to a relentless pursuit of academic excellence. Many of these wrestlers will undoubtedly follow their predecessors footsteps in becoming tomorrows leaders."
The NWCA Top 25 All-Academic Wrestling Team
1. Princeton University 3.430
2. Stanford University 3.235
3. Boston College 3.226
4. Harvard University 3.223
5. Central Michigan University 3.187
6. James Madison University 3.166
7. Duquesne University 3.150
8. Cleveland State University 3.136
9. Cornell University 3.120
9. Brown University 3.120
11. Sacred Heart University 3.089
12. Columbia University 3.070
13. Lock Haven University 3.024
14. Penn State University 2.998
15. University of Iowa 2.990
16. The Citadel 2.971
17. Hofstra University 2.949
18. Nebraska University 2.919
19. University of Pennsylvania 2.916
20. Northwestern University 2.910
20. University of Michigan 2.910
22. Illinois University 2.907
23. Indiana University 2.902
24. Michigan State University 2.894
25. Northern Illinois University 2.889


NWCA Academic All-Americans
First Team
Name School GPA Major Wrestling Honors
John Lockhart Illinois 3.45 Kinesiology NCAA Champion
Mark Munoz Okla. St. 3.41 Health Promotions NCAA Champion
Jody Strittmater Iowa 3.28 Biology 2nd NCAA
Bryan Snyder Nebraska 3.21 Sociology 2nd NCAA
Adam Tirapelle Illinois 3.02 Kinesiology NCAA Champion
Owen Elzen Minnesota 3.32 Health & Wellness 3rd NCAA
Matthew Lackey Illinois 3.27 Sports Management 3rd NCAA
Joseph Heskett Iowa State 3.14 Speech Communication 2nd NCAA
Shane Roller Okla. State 3.21 Psychology 3rd NCAA
Brad Pike Minnesota 3.28 Technical Education 4th NCAA
Erick "Otto" Olson Michigan 3.05 Physical Education 3rd NCAA
Second Team
Name School GPA Major Wrestling Honors
Witt Durden Oklahoma 3.03 Mathematics 3rd NCAA
Zachary Breitenbach N.C. State 4.0 Computer Science NCAA Qualifier
Patrick Diaz James Madison 4.0 International Business NCAA Qualifier
Michael Fickell Penn 3.2 Finance 5th NCAA
Jordan Webster Central Michigan 3.86 Undecided NCAA Qualifier
Matthew Picarsic Harvard 3.93 Economics NCAA Qualifier
Greg Schaefer Indiana 3.77 Education NCAA Qualifier
Paul Hynek Northern Iowa 3.11 Mathematics 6th NCAA
Brett Faustman Central Michigan 3.65 Management Information NCAA Qualifier
Anthony Reynolds Sacred Heart 3.70 Chemistry/Mathematics 3rd ECWA
Honorable Mention
Name School GPA Major Wrestling Honors
David Dietrich Drexel 3.64 Education NCAA Qualifier
Ty Morgan Central Michigan 3.56 Business NCAA Qualifier
Scott Brubaker James Madison 3.56 Finance 4th CAA
Nathan Rickman James Madison 3.62 Integrated Science
& Technology
2nd NCAA
Eric Owen Northern Illinois 3.64 Biological Sciences NCAA Qualifier
Francis Volpe Harvard 3.56 Economics NCAA Qualifier
Jeffrey Knupp Penn State 3.5 Chemical Engineering NCAA Qualifier
Brad Vering Nebraska 3.09 Accounting/Business 7th NCAA
Dan Bednar Ohio 3.48 Chemical Engineering NCAA Qualifier
Ryan Kehler West V
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