Sophomore Tucker Lane's 3.933 grade-point average ranked No. 2 overall on the 2010 NWCA All-Academic Team.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Rank Third in 2010 NWCA All-Academic Top 30

By NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska wrestling program received high honors on the 2010 NWCA Division I All-Academic teams, as the Huskers ranked third in team grade-point average (3.2824) and were one of just three schools to have four individuals earn a spot on the list. Sophomore Tucker Lane headlined NU's group, as he posted the second-highest grade-point average (3.933) overall, trailing only Stanford's Nicholas Amuchastegui (3.949).

Joining Lane on the 2010 NWCA All-Academic Team is redshirt freshman Josh Ihnen and seniors Craig Brester and Stephen Dwyer. To qualify for the All-Academic team, a wrestler must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average, been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total matches and must have competed in at least 60 percent of the schedule. Wrestlers can also qualify by posting a 3.0 GPA and gaining All-America status at the NCAA Championships.

A repeat selection to the NWCA All-Academic team, Lane is a sophomore communication studies major from Redvale, Colo. He qualified for his second straight NCAA Championships this season while putting together a 23-12 record at the Heavyweight division.

Brester ended one of the most impressive careers at Nebraska with his fourth consecutive selection to the NWCA All-Academic Team. The 2010 Nebraska Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Brester is a mechanized systems management major from Howells, Neb., who will earn his undergraduate degree at spring commencement ceremonies this Saturday. A three-time All-American on the mat, the 197-pound Brester was one of seven finalists from the 2010 NCAA Championships to be named to this year's NWCA All-Academic Team.

Dwyer was also a return honoree to the list, gaining his second award after doing so in 2008. The senior business administration major from Rockton, Ill., finished fourth at the 2010 NCAA Championships at 174 pounds to claim his second All-America medal, just two weeks after winning the Big 12 championship. Dwyer will graduate in December of 2010.

Ihnen rounded out Nebraska's list of honorees a spot on the NWCA All-Academic team in his first opportunity. The redshirt freshman came within one match of All-America status at the 2010 NCAA Championships, while recording a solid 19-15 mark on the season. Ihnen is a finance major from Sheldon, Iowa.

The Harvard Crimson lead the team GPA list with a 3.3098, followed closely by American (3.296), Nebraska (3.2824), Duke (3.2255) and Davidson (3.2252). The top 30 teams were recognized. 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.


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