Wildcat Men Come Up One Try Shy Of 15s National Championship In First Ever Finals Appearance

HOUSTON, TX – After making their first trip to the National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) Final Four, the Wayne State College men battled for a Small College Challenge Championship.

From Houston, Texas, the Wildcat men’s rugby program was the lone unranked team of four in the small college challenge division.

WSC opened the weekend with a 90-10 Friday afternoon victory over #18 Western Oregon while #17 Siena (NY) topped #21 College of Charleston, 64-0. Moving into Sunday, Siena edged the Wayne State men, 25-20 in the finals as Western Oregon held off College of Charleston, 32-24.

The Wildcat men’s club rugby team ended their season at 13-1 and the team they faced recently went fully varsity funded and didn’t allow a “try” (American football touchdown) all season until they faced the ‘Cats.

Members of the Wayne State College men’s rugby team who were selected to the all-tournament team included freshman Killian Burns, senior Wallace Duplessis, Damir Gumerov, Grant Fleecs, and freshman Vuyo Mdlalose.

Next up for both the Wayne State women and men will be the 7s rugby season in the spring.