Wrestling Team Earns Academic Honors

Posted: May 12, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason made the elite list of the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s (NWCA) Top 30 Division I All-Academic Teams earlier this week, ranking 8th overall. The ranking marks Mason’s first top-10 finish.

This is the second consecutive season Mason joined the all-academic rankings, jumping ahead nine spots and making a significant improvement over last year’s 17th-place showing. Other teams in the top 10 include Brown, Princeton, Stanford, and Columbia Universities.

Among the approximately 89 Division I wrestling programs, the Patriots’ 8th-place rating was the second highest among schools that compete in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

Sacred Heart University, which also competes in the CAA, was the NWCA’s top academic program with a team GPA of 3.1055. Mason’s team GPA of 3.0875 is an improvement from last year’s 2.9657 cumulative mark and is ahead of such programs as Cornell University, the University of Michigan, Harvard University, the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, and CAA runner-up, Rider University.

“This is a well-deserved honor for our program,” said head coach Brian Shaffer, who just completed his 10th season at Mason. “We have a great group of student-athletes who are always striving to be the best in everything they do. To be ranked among the nation’s elite is quite an achievement and something that the university and local community can be very proud of. With most of them returning next year, we expect to continue this success both on and off the mat.”

George Mason’s David Emison also received scholarly honors as one of 64 student-athletes selected to the NWCA Division I All-Academic Team, earning a 3.27 GPA. Emison, a sophomore, has yet to declare a major. A two-year starter at 133 pounds, Emison concluded the 2004-05 season leading the team in overall victories, posting a 27-11 mark. He placed fourth at the CAA Championships and finished the year 5-2 in CAA dual matches and 11-3 in overall dual meets. Nineteen of Emison’s 27 victories were via pin fall (4), technical fall, or major decision. He led the Patriots in technical fall and major decision wins with 10 and 5, respectively.

To be eligible for the NWCA Top 30 Division I All-Academic Team, schools must submit the cumulative GPAs of the 10 starters who participated in their respective tournament championships, along with two alternates. Individual academic honors are given to those student-athletes who are either NCAA qualifiers and have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more or individuals who won a minimum of 60 percent of their matches and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or more.

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