George Mason Claims Fifth CAA Wrestling Title

Posted: March 7, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason captured six of the 10 individual weight class championships and scored a school-record 105.5 points to claim the team title at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Wrestling Championships on Saturday. The Patriots sent each of their 10 wrestlers to the semifinals and seven to the finals en route to surpassing their previous record high for points of 101.5 as they won the CAA title in 1997.

For the Patriots, who also won titles in 1992, 1995, 1996, and 1997, it was the fifth team championship in the 10 years the CAA has held a championship tournament. George Mason tied the record of six individual champions set by James Madison University last year.

Winning titles for the Patriots were senior Sean Shea at 125 pounds, sophomore Matt Hunckler at 133, sophomore Donnie DeFilippis at 141, sophomore Sean Early at 157, freshman Tony Howard at 165, and junior Brent Lancaster at heavyweight. Sophomore Adrian Austin, who finished second at 149, earned a wild card berth to join the six champions in advancing to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships at the University of Iowa, March 15-17. Having seven NCAA qualifiers sets another George Mason record.

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