June 15, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich.- The Michigan State wrestling team was recognized by the NCAA with the Public Recognition Award for academic excellence. The award is based on the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate and teams in the top 10 percent in each sport earn awards.
"Academics is big part of our mission and I am very proud of our team and the work they have done in the classroom," head coach Tom Minkel said. "It is no easy task to put in the hours in the wrestling room and still be an excellent student. This award means a lot to our team and coaches."
The Spartans were one of eight teams recognized by the NCAA for their academic performance. The others are Boston University, Duke University, Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford and the US Military Academy.
"This public recognition by the NCAA is a highly sought after accomplishment; it is an honor that our coaches embrace and seek to achieve for their program," said Mike Moyer, the Executive Director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association. "I salute the athletes, coaches, administrators, academic support staff, and fans of these programs. The student-athletes on these teams are among the elite competing at the Division I level."
Northwestern and the University of Pennsylvania have won the distinction for the fourth consecutive year. While it is the second straight year for the Duke program, it is the first for the other five teams recognized.
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. Next week, the NCAA will release full APR scores for all teams.