May 21, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Wrestling finished fourth nationally in the National Wrestling Coaches Association's annual Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams. Redshirt junior Ryan LeBlanc led the charge, earning Academic All-American honors for the second straight season.
"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. "These 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."
Eleven different Hoosiers have been named Academic All-Americans a total of 19 times in the last 13 years under the direction of Head Coach Duane Goldman. LeBlanc, a Fitness Specialist major, was recognized as such in 2011-12 as well.
Team GPAs 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 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.
Indiana's 3.24 team GPA under this system is the fourth best in the country. Harvard led the way with a 3.418 team GPA. The rest of the top includes: 2) University of Nebraska-Lincoln (3.32), 3) Stanford University (3.25), 5) University of Virginia (3.24), 6) Brown University (3.23), 7) Lehigh University (3.23), 8) Old Dominion University (3.16), 9) Duke University (3.15), and 10) Penn State University (3.15).