It was quite a weekend for the Montclair State Red Hawks as the Wrestling and Men's Basketball teams each bring home championships!
The Red Hawks posted their 13th Top 10 finish at the NCAA Division III National Championship, placing third (69 points) in the tournament held out at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio on March 3-4, 2000. MSU added to its already NCAA record of individual champions (now 26) as Florian Ghinea and Dominic Dellagatta each captured titles at 141 and 165 pounds, respectively. Sophomore Rami Ratel was the runner-up at 149 pounds losing to top-ranked Josh Cagle of Augsburg, 7-3. It was the first loss of the season for Ratel. Finally, freshman Brad Christie placed fifth at 174 pounds. All four wrestlers earned All-American honors giving head coach Steve Strellner 84 All-Americans in his 23 years at Montclair State.
Men's Basketball (Final Record - 20-8)
The Red Hawks captured their first-ever ECAC Division III Metro Championship with the most improbable 78-75 victory over top-seeded Richard Stockton in Pomona on March 5, 2000. Montclair finished the season at 20-8, the first time the Red Hawks have notched 20 wins in a season since 1983-84. Senior guard Mike Bult heaved a desperation shot 70 feet at the buzzer that swished through the net, knotting the score at 67-67, sending the game into overtime. Senior guard B.J. Reilly had a team-high 21 points. Reilly completed his career with 1,027 points placing him 17th on the all-time Montclair scoring list. Bult was named the ECAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Bult scored a career-high 21 points against New Jersey City as MSU defeated the Gothic Knights, 66-56 on Saturday to earn a spot in the championship game.