Final Exams Ending Soon

We will finally have a home match Thursday, December 19 at 7pm. We will wrestle American University. Most of the guys are done with final exams, so I am sure they are excited to be done with the semester course load. After the dual, the guys will be excused to go home for Christmas. We will return as a team on December 27. My hope is they finished the semester on a high note, we wrestle with great effort and attitude on Thursday and that they enjoy some time away from campus.

We will have guys competing again on December 29. Most will be at the Lock Haven tournament, some will be at the Midlands Tournament and hopefully a few will go on their own to the Wilkes Open on December 28.

Some George Mason Wrestling Highlights:

– Inaugural Season 1972-73
– 1973-74 undefeated season 15-0. Conference Team Champions, 5 individual Conference Champions, John Long finished top 8 at NAIA Nationals, Coach Jerry Mullins voted Coach of the Year
– 1975-1980 Coach Roger Rinker led the team from NAIA to NCAA Division 2 to NCAA Division 1
– 1982 Paul Maltagliati became the first Mason wrestler to compete at the Division 1 National Tournament
– 1990 Scott Kirsch became Mason’s first NCAA All-American
– 1992 undefeated season 13-0-1
– 1992 and 1993 Johnny Curtis was an All-American. He is Mason’s only 2x All-American
– 1995 undefeated season 10-0
– 1995 Matt Finacchio becomes Mason’s 3rd All-American
– 2001 Sean Shea becomes a 4x NCAA Qualifier
– Capital Collegiate Conference Team Champions 1976, 1977, 1978
– NCAA East Regional Team Champions 1989, 1990
– CAA Team Champions in 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001
– CAA Wrestler of the year – Johnny Curtis 1992 and 1993, Donnie Defilippis 2001
– CAA Coach of the Year – Mike Moyer 1992 and 1995, Brian Shaffer 1996 and 2001
– Head Coaches – 1972-73 Richard Isike, 1973-74 Jerry Mullins, 1974-75 Lou Mendez, 1975-80 Roger Rinker, 1980-85 Mike Connor, 1985-95 Mike Moyer, 1995-2005 Brian Shaffer, 2005-2011 Mark Weader, 2011-Current Joe Russell
– 52 individuals have competed in the National tournament. 22 of those individuals competed in the National tournament on more than one occasion

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