Monday, May 21, 2018

Greg Vaughan’s Success Goes Beyond the Mat

Wrestling captain Greg Vaughan ’12 made a name for himself in the wrestling world. The National Wrestling Coaches Association named him No. 10 in the Division III Individual National Rankings and he recently was the subject of an article in the Boston Globe. 

The Globe article highlights Vaughan’s transformation from a high school freshman with no interest in sports, to a state champion in the heavyweight division, and fourth place winner at the New England championships by the time he graduated.  During his time at Hingham High School he had over 100 career wins.

When Vaughan came to Trinity, his success continued both on the mat and off.  Vaughan has an 85-16 record in his career and is an anchor for the team, setting a Trinity College record  of 50 pins and remaining undefeated in

14 dual meets this season.   He is also a two-time All-New England selection, a two-time New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) All-Academic Team and NESCAC All-Academic honoree.

Off the wrestling mats, Vaughan has had a successful academic career at Trinity. He is a major in Computer Science and is completing a degree as a President’s Fellow in Mathematics.  He has been placed on the Faculty Honors list six times and was inducted into the National Mathematics Society.  After Trinity, Vaughan plans on attending graduate school for statistics.  Vaughan spent most of his past summer in Washington D.C. where he worked with Ryan Flores, a Division I All-American heavyweight and NCAA runner-up from American University.  And although he knows that his wrestling career will be over soon, he doesn’t think that he will fully be able to let go of the sport, and hopes to somehow incorporate it into his future. 

 Vaughan also donates a lot of time to Trinity’s Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (H-FOSS) Project.  H-FOSS has “the goal of using free and open-source software in support of disaster relief efforts.” The program was inspired by a similar Disaster Management System, which was developed after the Asian tsunami in 2004.  H-FOSS works on an Android application that helps multiple search teams track their locations when in disaster areas.

The Men’s wrestling team finished their dual season at Bridgewater State in a match against Rhode Island College, where they had to compete without Vaughan in all three matches due to injury.

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