Former Mason Wrestler Wins in Reality Series

Posted: July 30, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carlton White

It’s not a road often traveled, but apparently you can go from being a wrestler, to a boxer, into acting, and finally to being the “Next Action Star.” From there you get to star in your own made-for-TV movie.

In the next-to-last episode that aired Wednesday evening, former George Mason wrestler Timothy Sean Carrigan (1995-97) won the title of “Next Action Star” from the NBC reality television series that pitted 14 contestants in a weekly series of stunt action scenes. Carrigan beat out thousands of hopefuls in nationwide auditions to make the final cut.

The prize for the final winners—one man and one woman—was to get to star in their own television movie. The movie, titled Bet Your Life, which will also double as the Next Action Star series finale, airs Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. on NBC. The Bet Your Life movie will feature Carrigan as a former pro football quarterback turned Vegas limo driver, and the female “Next Action Star” winner will act as a bounty hunter pursuing him.

Carrigan, a transfer from Manhattan College, wrestled for George Mason in 1995-96 and 1996-97 and competed for current Patriot head coach Brian Shaffer. As a junior, he contended in the 167-pound weight class, earning a second-place finish at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships. Carrigan was a tri-captain for his 1996-97 senior season and posted a 23-13 overall mark, wrestling at 177 pounds. He had an overall record of 38-27 in two years with the Patriots.

A graduate with a degree in communication, Carrigan is also an accomplished boxer, having won several Golden Gloves and amateur boxing titles. Carrigan’s contestant page can be found here.

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