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P.J. Gillespie
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P.J. Gillespie 446669
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 165
Year: Senior
Hometown: Long Beach, NY
High School: Long Beach


Fifth year on the Pride wrestling roster... 2011 All-American...Three-time NCAA qualifier...2011 CAA champion...Ranked fifth at 165 pounds in the 2011-12 InterMat Preseason Rankings.

2010-11: Placed eighth to earn his first All-American honor at the NCAA Championships in Philadelphia...Posted a 3-3 mark at Nationals... Ranked 10th in the final RPI and 17th in the final Coaches Panel rankings...Placed 17th in the final InterMat rankings... CAA finalist at 165 pounds...Recorded a 28-10 record including a 16-3 mark in duals and a 5-1 record in the CAA...Tallied one pin, six major decisions and one tech fall...Led the team with 20 wins by decision...Was 25-10 at 165 pounds and 3-0 at 174...Dropped a 3-1 decision to Justin Lister from Binghamton in the CAA title match...Was 5-2 and finished fourth at the Southern Scuffle...Placed sixth at the Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational...Opened the season with eight consecutive victories...Also posted two six-match winning streaks in both January and February...Entered the 2010-11 season ranked number one in the CAA preseason poll and 11th in the Division I College Wrestling rankings.

2009-10: NCAA qualifier and CAA runner-up...Led the team with a 31-15 record...Was 23-15 in matches by decision...Tallied a 14-6 record in duals including a 6-1 mark in the CAA...Recorded 48 team points in duals...Posted a 1-2 record at the NCAA Championships, defeating Virginia Tech's Matt Epperly...Defeated Alex Rinaldi from Drexel, 15-3, in the CAA quarterfinals and Binghamton's Matt Kaylor, 3-2 in the semifinals before losing to Old Dominion's Chris Brown, 2-1 in the second tie-breaker in the championship match... Placed first at the North Carolina State Open, sixth at the Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational and eighth at the Southern Scuffle...Ranked 20th by InterMat and 23rd by both the Wrestling Report and Division I College Wrestling in their preseason polls...Ranked third at 165 in the CAA preseason poll.

2008-09: CAA Rookie of the Year and All-Freshman team selection...CAA champion and NCAA qualifier at 149 pounds...Defeated the numbers three, two and one seeds to capture the conference title...Defeated #1 seed Mike Roberts from Boston University, 3-2, in the second tie-breaker of the CAA championship match ...Was not seeded or ranked entering the NCAA Championships...Recorded a 2-2 record and advanced to the quarterfinals at nationals...Was 21-15 on the season...Had five pins and five major decisions on the season...Placed third in the Missouri Open Freshman/Sophomore Division and sixth at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic...Had a season-best six match winning streak in November and December.

2007-08: Red-shirted as a true freshman...Recorded a 0-2 record in open competition at the Binghamton Open...Placed in the University Nationals in the spring 2008.

High School: Wrestled for four years at Long Beach High School in Long Beach, New York...New York State champion as a senior...Placed third at the state meet in 2004, 2005 and 2006...Posted a 41-0 mark as a senior...Junior National All-American in Greco-Roman.

Personal: Born December 8, 1988...Has two sisters...Works as a lifeguard over the summer in Long Beach...Also recruited by Cornell and Binghamton...Physical education major.

Year                            Overall                CAA            Duals              Falls            T-Falls

2007-08 (RS)              0-2                       0-0               0-0                   0-0               0-0

2008-09                       21-15                   2-3               3-7                   5-0               1-0

2009-10                       31-15                   6-1               14-6                 1-0               1-0

2010-11                       28-10                   5-1               16-3                 1-1               1-0

Career                         80-42                   13-5             33-16               7-1               3-0


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