HOFSTRA WINS EIGHTH CAA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
                                 2009 CAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
                                       
By Jim & Tony Nordland
                                           www.thematslap.com


     Hofstra won their 8th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association team title as they tallied 106.5 points to edge runner-up Old Dominion (86.5) and Rider with 57.5 points, at Oscar Smith HS in Chesapeake, Virginia. The Pride crowned three champions, Lou Ruggirello (28-2) at 133, PJ Gillespie (19-13), at 149, and tough Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (21-7) at 157 pounds. Returning All-American Alton Lucas (24-6) was upset in the 174-pound finals, by Bagna Tovuujau (George Mason), with a 3-1 overtime decision. Other Pride finalists were Steve Bonanno (28-14) at 125, Justin Accordino (22-11) at 141 and sophomore Ryan Patrovich (20-7) at 165 pounds. Returning All-American James Nicholson (125) of Old Dominion and defending CAA champion Josh Patterson (41-4) of Binghamton at 184 pounds, had impressive tournaments, and should receive favorable seeding consideration for the upcoming NCAA Championships.


                                                          
                                        
CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

125-
James Nicholson (Old Dominion) dec. Steve Bonanno (Hofstra), 7-3.
133- Lou Ruggirello (Hof) pinned Kyle Hutter (ODU), 4:35.
141- Ryan Williams (ODU) pinned Justin Accordino (Hof), 1:50.
149- PJ Gillespie (Hof) dec. Mike Roberts (Boston), 3-2, double overtime
157- Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (Hof) dec. Mike Kessler (Rider), 9-4.
165- Chris Brown (ODU) dec. Ryan Patrovich (Hof), 8-2.
174- Bagna Tovuujau (George Mason) dec. Alton Lucas (Hof), 3-1 SV
184- Josh Patterson (Binghamton) dec. Doug Umbehauer (Rider), 8-1.
197- Cayle Byers (GM) dec. Jon Oplinger (Drexel), 3-0.
285- Ed Bordas (Rider) dec. Kyle Frey (Drexel), 2-1.

OSW Award:
Bagna Tovuujau (George Mason- 174)

Team Scores:
1. Hofstra (106.5)
2. Old Dominion (86.5)
3. Rider (57.5)
4. Binghamton (44)
5. George Mason (40)
6. Drexel (27.5)
7. Sacred Heart (5.5)
P.J. Gillespie
Jonny Bonilla-Bowman
Lou Ruggirello