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Vinson CAA Wrestler of Year for second straight year
First time in conference history that one wrestler sweeps two big awards in back-to-back years
April 5, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton wrestler Donnie Vinson has been named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Wrestler of the Year, the conference announced Friday.
Vinson was also named the CAA’s Most Outstanding Wrestler at the championship on March 9, and thus becomes the first individual in the 22-year history of the league to win both the MOW and Wrestler of Year in successive seasons.
In his final collegiate season at 149 pounds, Vinson was dominant, rolling through a 33-3 season that featured a perfect 17-0 dual campaign. He then went 4-2 at the NCAA Championship - the most wins of any CAA wrestler at the event. Vinson finished his stellar four-year career with a school-record 132 wins (132-27). He was 71-8 in career dual matches and gained further notoriety by dealing four-time NCAA champion and former club teammate Kyle Dake the lone dual defeat of Dake’s collegiate career.
Vinson made history in his junior season when he rebounded from an opening-round loss and rattled off seven straight wins to record the highest finish (3rd) of any BU wrestler at the Division I national tournament. He won 12 NCAA matches in his four years of participation and was a 2012 All-American.
Last month in Des Moines, Vinson fell one win short of repeating as an All-American, losing a pair of one-point matches and finishing among the top-12.
He will remain with the program as an assistant coach in 2013-14 while he completes his master’s degree in student affairs administration.