NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard Academy freshman Matt McGowan was named the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Rookie of the Week following his fantastic collegiate debut on Saturday.
McGowan went 5-0 to win the 141 pound weight class at the season-opening Roger Williams Invitational. He won his first match by tech. fall 16-1 in 2:04, then earned three straight decisions, 8-4, 8-5, and then 7-5 to earn a spot in the championship match. McGowan beat Austin Sherman from Muhlenburg 4-3 for the championship.
Three Bears won championships while three others placed in the top six as Coast Guard placed fourth at the Roger Williams Invitational to open the season.
With his championship performance, McGowan is now ranked second in New England at 141 pounds.
Coast Guard will compete at the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield College on Saturday.