Brennan Ward & William Mulligan Earn NCAA Bids At NEWA Championship

Brennan Ward & William Mulligan Earn NCAA Bids At NEWA Championship

The wrestling team notched a fourth-place finish at the New England Wrestling Association Championship, hosted by Trinity this weekend. Springfield won the team championship with 141 points while Williams was in second with 107 points. JWU and Plymouth State tied for fourth with 81 team points.  The Wildcats also earned the Team Academic Award, annually given to the team with the highest GPA.

Johnson & Wales sophomore William Mulligan (Towaco, N.J.) had a 5-0 mark en route to capturing that weight class and earning his first bid to the NCAA Championship. In the finals, Mulligan defeated Ryan Malo of Williams, a two time NCAA National Finalist. Mulligan scored a Takedown with 0.1 seconds on the clock to win 4-3 and take home the title.  With the win he was named the Conferences Most Outstanding Wrestler (MVP).  Senior All-American Brennan Ward (Waterford, Conn.) earned his second straight bid to the NCAA Division III Championship after capturing the 184 pound weight class, posting a perfect 5-0 record with four of his victories coming via pin fall for the Wildcats. 

Junior John Donaleski (Belleville, N.J.) posted a 4-1 record at 133 pounds en route to a third place finish and All-New England honors.  Junior 149 pounder TJ Webster (Markham, Ill.) also earned All-New England accolades with a 4-1 record on the weekend, including two pin fall victories to finish third at the tournament.  Sophomore Humphrey Swift (Danbury, Conn.) rounded out the All-NEWA selections for JWU, placing sixth at 285 pounds. 

Ward and Mulligan will return to action on March 11-12 when they travel to Wisconsin LaCrosse for the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship.

Team Standings

1. . Springfield College 141

2. Williams 107

3. Wesleyan 94.5

4. Plymouth State 81

T4. Johnson and Wales 81

6. Roger Williams 73.5

7. Bridgewater State 65.5

8. Rhode Island College 58.5

9. Southern Maine 57

10. Coast Guard Academy 42

11. WPI 39

12. Western New England 13.5

14. Trinity 10.5

14. Norwich 5.5