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Belmont Abbey Joins Eastern College Athletic Conference

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Belmont Abbey Joins Eastern College Athletic Conference

Postby Allen Brown » Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:58 am

Sep 18, 2015

Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) President and CEO Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced today the formation of the ECAC Division II Wrestling League to begin competition for this upcoming 2015-16 season.

In its inaugural campaign, which will run from November to February, the ECAC DII Wrestling League will be comprised of Newberry College, Limestone College, Emmanuel College, Belmont Abbey College, King College, Coker College and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

"We are thrilled to add the ECAC Division II Wrestling League to our already-impressive list of leagues and affiliates," McGinniss said. "The ECAC prides itself on being the "Home of Champions," and we are excited to offer further opportunities for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level while earning ECAC Division II Wrestling League and overall ECAC recognition for their accomplishments."

"The acceptance into the ECAC is exciting," Belmont Abbey Head Wrestling Coach Kenn Caudell said. "It will allow our students to be honored in many ways and will be beneficial to them individually and our program as a whole. Our program and our individuals will now begin to get the recognition they deserve both on and off the mat. We are honored to be a part of this new league and are looking forward to the chance to compete for a conference championship."

With the creation of the ECAC DII Wrestling League, wrestlers will have expanded opportunities to qualify for postseason competition and garner individual awards, while the ECAC reinforces its position as the nation's largest intercollegiate athletics conference.

The conference will consist of a dual, round robin schedule with a league champion determined off of the regular season results. There will be no individual tournament. Individual awards will include a monthly Wrestler of the Month, a Newcomer/Rookie/Freshman of the Month and yearly awards including first team and second team all-conference for each weight class, Coach of the Year, Newcomer/Rookie/Freshman of the Year and Wrestler of the Year.

In the 76 years since its inception, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has emerged as the nation's largest Conference. The ECAC has grown considerably from its charter membership of 58, boasting over 300 member schools in Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to Georgia, and westerly to Missouri. In the 2015-16 academic year, the ECAC will host nearly 100 championships in 32 men's and women's sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 male and female athletes. For more information, visit www.ecacsports.com.

Chris Poore

Sports Information Director
Belmont Abbey College
Allen Brown


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