CAA NAMES WRESTLERS, ROOKIES OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER
**Full Rankings In PDF Below**
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (December 20, 2011) -- P.J. Gillespie of Hofstra University and Donnie Vinson of Binghamton University are the Colonial Athletic Association Wrestlers of the Month and Derak Heyman of Binghamton is the CAA Rookie of the Month, for all competition November 30-December 19.
Gillespie, a senior 165 from Long Beach, N.Y., finished runner-up at the prestigious Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational, losing 4-2 to the third ranked wrestler in the nation from Wyoming.
Gillespie went 5-1 last month to improve to 11-1 on the season and is now ranked third by InterMat, fourth by W.I.N. Magazine and fifth by Amateur Wrestling News.
Vinson, a junior 149 from Marathon, N.Y., placed runner-up at the Penn State Open and placed fourth at the Reno Tournament of Champions, winning 10 of 12 matches. His only losses came to the top and fifth ranked wrestlers in the nation.
Vinson picked up three majors, a tech fall and a pair of pins in his last 10 wins and moved up to sixth in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News, seventh by InterMat and ninth by W.I.N.
Heyman, a freshman 141 from Barton, NY (Tioga), placed eighth at the Penn State Open, winning four matches on the day.Beginning January 3 the CAA Wrestler and Rookie Awards return to their weekly format.