Freshman Receives Wrestling Honor

Posted: June 13, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason freshman Donnie DeFilippis has been selected as the top freshman at 141 pounds on the All-Rookie team chosen recently by Amateur Wrestling News. Six “Freshman All-Americans” were chosen in each of the 10 weight classes.

DeFilippis is the second George Mason wrestler to be named a Freshman All-American, joining Sean Shea in 1996. Shea became the first Patriot freshman to qualify for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships when he won the Colonial Athletic Association title that year, and he has gone on to qualify three times for the NCAA Championships. DeFilippis was the fourth Patriot freshman to qualify for the national tournament.

“This is a great honor for Donnie,” says head coach Brian Shaffer. “He was the third-ranked wrestler in the nation as a senior in high school, and now he’s been recognized as the best in his weight class among all college freshmen. He adapted extremely well to college wrestling and we feel he’s capable of even more success as he continues to progress.”

DeFilippis had a final record of 34-11 and finished in the top 12 in the 141-pound weight class at the 2000 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in mid-March. He won three of his five matches and came within one victory of earning All-America honors (placing in the top eight in a weight class at the NCAA Championships). In April, DeFilippis became the third George Mason wrestler to receive the CAA “Rookie of the Year” award in the nine years the conference has recognized wrestling as a championship sport. Chris Mansueto earned the honor as a 118-pounder in 1995 and Sean Shea received the honor at the same weight class in 1996.

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