May 21, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue wrestling team earned National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) team honors for the second straight season, securing the No. 30 team grade point average in the nation. Senior Ivan Lopouchanski, junior Camden Eppert and sophomore Patrick Kissel each secured spots on the NWCA All-Academic team, growing Purdue's all-time list to 12 individuals.
The NWCA All-Academic Awards started in 1991, and this is the third time in the last four years that the Boilermakers have earned a spot on the national top-30 list. Finishing 25th in 2010 with a 2.94 GPA and 28th in 2012 with a 3.0 mark, the Boilermakers held the No. 30 spot on this season's list, which was topped by Harvard University at a 3.4 grade point average. For teams to be eligible for consideration, the team GPA is comprised of 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.
The Big Ten Conference accounted for seven of the 30 teams on this year's team list, moving up from six teams last season, and headlined by Nebraska's No. 2 spot and 3.32 GPA. Also on the list was Indiana (fourth), Big Ten and NCAA Champion Penn State (10th), Michigan State (17th), Northwestern (20th), and Minnesota (23rd).
"We're very proud of Ivan, Camden and Patrick and we honor their commitment to the classroom in addition to their hard work on the mat," said Boilermaker head coach Scott Hinkel.
Eppert's individual honor was his third straight and he will have a chance in 2013-14 to be just the second four-time All-Academic honoree in school history, following former teammate A.J. Kissel. Lopouchanski and Patrick Kissel joined the prestigious club for the first time in their careers, joining an elite club of Boilermaker student-athletes.
The Boilermakers were one of just eight teams in the nation to have at least three individuals on the NWCA All-Academic Team, and one of just four in the Big Ten. Virginia led all schools with eight selections, while Ohio and Penn State had four each and Purdue, Columbia, Lehigh, Minnesota and Utah Valley had three apiece. The list of 82 student-athletes honored this season included four NCAA Champions, four NCAA Runner-Ups, 21 All-Americans, and 72 NCAA qualifiers.