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May 21, 2014

Harvard, Brown Rank Among Top Five In NWCA All-Academic Top 30 Teams

NWCA Release

Portions of this story courtesy of Brown Athletics Communications and Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released its All-Academic teams and for the second-straight year and fourth in the past five seasons, Harvard finds itself at the top of the list.

The Crimson combined for a 3.3657 GPA to claim the top spot on the list once again, marking the 11th time since the award's inception that it has landed in the top 10. Brown was next at tied-No. 4, followed by Cornell and Princeton (tied-No. 17).

Moreover, four Ivy wrestlers received All-Academic honors in Brown junior Ophir Bernstein, Columbia senior Josh Houldsworth, Cornell senior Mike Nevinger and Harvard junior James Fox.

Bernstein, Brown wrestling's first All-American since 1998, is a political science concentrator. Also an Academic All-Ivy selection, Bernstein finished eighth at the NCAA Championships and posted a 36-11 record, just one win shy of tying Brown's single season record.

Houldsworth finished his Lions career with a 61-47 record and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Nevinger, another Academic All-Ivy recipient, is a two-time NCAA All-American and a three-time NCAA qualifier. He has won 113 bouts in his career, 12th-best in Cornell history.

Fox's honor marks the seventh-straight year that at least one member of the Crimson has received the accolade and the second straight year it has been bestowed upon Fox.

2013-14 NWCA Division I All-Academic Team
Ophir Bernstein, Jr., Brown
Josh Houldsworth, Sr., Columbia
Mike Nevinger, Sr., Cornell
James Fox, Jr., Harvard

2013-14 NWCA Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams

Rank School GPA Last Year
1 Harvard 3.3657 1
2 Old Dominion 3.32 8
3 Gardner-Webb 3.3167 29
4 Appalachian State 3.31 26
4 Brown 3.31 6
6 Duke 3.304 9
7 Bucknell 3.3 NR
8 Stanford 3.235 3
9 American 3.21 27
10 Penn State 3.1831 10
11 Oklahoma 3.16 NR
11 Ohio 3.16 15
13 Kent State 3.159 NR
14 Drexel 3.142 NR
15 Indiana 3.114 4
16 Virginia Tech 3.103 NR
17 Lehigh 3.1 6
17 Cornell 3.1 NR
17 Princeton 3.1 18
20 Oklahoma State 3.0978 21
21 Utah Valley 3.097 16
22 Minnesota 3.094 23
23 Northwestern 3.08 20
24 Ohio State 3.066 NR
24 Michigan 3.066 NR
26 North Dakota State 3.061 11
27 The Citael 3.058 12
28 Nebraska 3.0576 2
29 George Mason 3.052 14
30 Eastern Michigan 3.046 NR