Brown Wrestling Honored For Having Third-Highest GPA Among NWCA Teams

May 8, 2007

Providence, RI - Once again, the Brown wrestling team has been honored as one of the top academic teams in the sport in the U.S. The Bears were honored on Monday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association for having the third-highest team GPA in the country, a 3.3649. Also honored were senior Shawn Kitchner (Stratford, WI) and junior Levon Mock (Bangor, MI), who were selected to the NWCA All-Academic team. The pair were both in the top 10 among qualifying wrestlers, the highest-such pair in the country.

Brown has had the highest GPA in the country the past two seasons, and although the team dropped in standing, its cumulative GPA was the highest it has been during that span. In 2005, the Bears were first with a 3.2762 GPA, and they improved that to a 3.3515 last year.

The NWCA determines team GPA by averaging 12 wrestlers on a team - the team's 10 entries into its NCAA tournament conference qualifier, plus two more team members. To make the All-Academic Team, individual wrestlers must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of their total schedule - and must have competed in at least 60 percent of said schedule. The other way to qualify for the All-Academic team is have a 3.0 cumulative and been an NCAA All-American.

Kitchner, a mechanical engineering concentrator, has a 3.92 GPA, third-highest among All-Academic Team members. He was First Team All-Ivy at 165 pounds last year, was given All-Ivy Honorable Mention despite missing all of Brown's Ivy duals with an injury. He was injured on January 7 at the Lone Star Duals, at which point he had a 10-5 record. Although the injury threatened to end his season, he returned just in time for the EIWA Championship, finishing in fourth and earning an NCAA bid. En route to that finish, he upset this year's First Team All-Ivy honoree at 165, #10 Zach Shanaman of Penn, 6-2, clinching his spot in the NCAA Championship. Monday night, he received a Brown Athletics Post-Graduate Scholarship.

Mock's 3.75 GPA was ninth among the All-Academic honorees. A Commerce, Organizations, & Entreprenuership concentrator, Mock was named Second Team All-Ivy at 285 pounds for the second consecutive year. He finished the season with a 20-14 record, going 3-1 in the Ivy League. His 20 wins, nine wins by pinfall, and 11 bonus-point victories lead the Bears.

Duke (3.3861) and Stanford (3.368) were first and second, respectively, among the honored teams. Princeton (3.189) and Northern Iowa (3.1441) rounded out the top five. Both Kitchner and Mock had the highest GPAs among those honored in their weight class.