June 14, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army wrestling team was one of eight Division I wrestling programs honored today by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). These annual awards are earned by teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.
It marks the first time that Army's wrestling program has been recognized by the NCAA for this prestigious honor. Northwestern, Stanford, Pennsylvania, Duke, Boston University, Michigan State and Princeton were also selected for the award.
The sport of wrestling has made tremendous improvement in APR scores during the past four years and each year it is more competitive to finish in the top 10 percent. These top-performing teams' APRs ranged between 978 and a perfect 1000 over the past four years and are among 394 men's programs honored by the NCAA. Full APR scores for all teams will be released by the NCAA next week.
Army capped its 2011-12 campaign by sending three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. The Black Knights return two of those three NCAA qualifiers in rising-senior Jordan Thome and rising-sophomore Cole Gracey. Gracey, who came on strong over the second half of the season, became the first Army wrestler in 27 years to be named EIWA Freshman of the Year.
This marks the second significant academic award of the year for the Army wrestling program. Earlier this spring, Jimmy Rafferty (USMA '12) was one of 87 Division I wrestling student-athletes to earn a spot on the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Academic Team.