PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers wrestling team announced its 2006-07 award winners at its banquet on April 17. Freshman Chris Norrell (Phillipsburg, N.J.) was the winner of the Wilfred E. Cann Most Inspirational Award, while sophomore Jack Barrett (Metuchen, N.J.) won the Nist Sachsel Award. The final award winner was junior Mike Whalen (Lake Hiawatha, N.J.) who was named the Ted Petty Most Valuable Wrestler.
Norrell led the team with 10 pins on the season, including winning four of his last eight regular season matches by fall. He won five of his last eight regular season matches and made the most starts of any freshman (14). He was 8-7 in dual matches and posted two pins in the EIWA Tournament, including avenging a regular-season loss to ESU's Ben Bishop. He finished the year with a 16-17 ledger.
Barrett opened the season winning eight of his first 11 matches, including fourth-place finishes at both the Oklahoma-Gold Tournament and the Navy Classic. He put together a five-match win streak near the end of the season, including a pin against Delaware State (1/27). At the Scarlet Knights' quad meet, he posted a 3-0 win in with victories over NYU, Boston University and Delaware State. At the EIWA Championships, he compiled a 2-2 record, finishing the year with an18-16 mark.
Whalen was the lone Scarlet Knight to place at the EIWA Championships, finishing sixth at 174 pounds. He opened the season with a fourth-place finish at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Tournament. In dual match action, he finished 7-6 and won seven of his last 11 regular season matches this year. Whalen went 2-0 in Rutgers' quad meet, recording wins over Brown and Boston, finishing the season with a 14-12 record.