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Postby Allen Brown » Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:20 pm

ECAC announces formation of Division II Wrestling League; Newberry is charter member

Friday, September 18, 2015
by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

DANBURY, Conn. – 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 of Newberry, S.C.
Limestone College of Gaffney, S.C.
Belmont Abbey College of Belmont, N.C.
Coker College of Hartsville, S.C.
Emmanuel College of Franklin Springs, Ga.
King University of Bristol, Tenn.
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.”

“It’s great that we can advance college wrestling through this opportunity with the ECAC and the Division II schools in the South," said Newberry head wrestling coach Jason Valek. "This does nothing but solidify the future of southern wrestling and hopefully grow the sport even further.”

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 league will not hold an individual tournamen, but will crown a dual champion each season with the teams wrestling each other in a round-robin format. There will also be monthly awards as well as numerous end-of-season awards.

Newberry 2015-16 ECAC Dual Schedule
Jan. 2 - vs. Coker in Newberry
Jan. 19 - at Emmanuel (Ga.) in Franklin Springs, Ga.
Feb. 4 - vs. Limestone in Newberry
Feb. 8 - vs. Belmont Abbey in Newberry
Feb. 11 - at UNC Pembroke in Pembroke, N.C.
Feb. 17 - vs. King in Newberry
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