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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Purdue sophomore Mark Powell was one of the Boilermakers' top academic honorees and also finished fourth on the team with 17 wins.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Purdue sophomore Mark Powell was one of the Boilermakers' top academic honorees and also finished fourth on the team with 17 wins.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

May 7, 2007

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University wrestling team was named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Academic Top-30 on Saturday for the 2006-07 season. The Boilermakers ranked 20th in the nation and were the third highest of five Big Ten teams on the list.

For teams to be eligible for consideration, teams comprise 12 student athletes, including the 10 wrestlers that were the entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. If teams had less than 10 entries for their respective qualifier, they may fill those spots with wrestlers that competed in at least one varsity dual during the season.

"It's great to see our guys getting some recognition in the classroom," said interim head coach Scott Hinkel. "They work incredibly hard on the mat, and it's good for people to see that they put in a matching effort with their studies."

This marks the first NWCA All-Academic honor for the Boilermakers since the 1997-98 season, when junior Willie Wineberg earned individual honors.

Joining Purdue on the list from the Big Ten ranks were Northwestern (9th), Penn State (17th), Indiana (29th) and Michigan State (30th). Topping the rankings was Duke University, followed closely by Stanford and Brown.

For a full listing of the NWCA All-Academic Top-30 and the 2006-07 individual All-Academic honorees visit here.