LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ — The Colonial Athletic Association has announced the 2006-07 Wrestling Coach of the Year, Wrestler of the Year, Rookie of the Year and the All-Rookie Wrestling team.


Tom Shifflet, the first-year head coach at Hofstra University, was named the CAA Coach of the Year. Hofstra had nine CAA place winners, including seven championships, in winning the CAA Championship this year, and came home from Nationals with four All-Americans.


Junior Charles Griffin of Hofstra, who placed third at Nationals at 141, was named the CAA Wrestler of the Year. The All-American was the 11th seed before winning six of seven bouts at Nationals. He defeated the sixth and tenth seeds, and revenged a loss to the third seed to place third.


Lou Ruggirello of Hofstra was named the CAA Rookie of the Year. The five-time CAA Rookie of the Week, Ruggirello won the 133 pound weight class at the CAA Championships, the only freshman to win a weight class.


2006-07 All-Rookie Team

125       Kyle Hutter, Old Dominion

133       Lou Ruggirello, Hofstra

141       Cory Dunn, Sacred Heart

149       Kaylen Baxter, ODU

157       Chris Brown, Old Dominion

165       Robbie Morrison, Rider

174       Josh Patterson, Binghamton

184       Mike Miller, Rider

197       Ed Backus, Binghamton

285       Matt Pellar, ODU