Donovan transferring from Cal Poly to Centenary

Alec Donovan won a New Jersey state championship in 2015

It's a homecoming of sorts for Alec Donovan, as the 2015 New Jersey state wrestling champ has transferred from Cal Poly to Centenary College in his home state.

"I'm getting a lot of questions about college so I will make one big post. I transferred from Cal Poly to Centenary. I am a Cyclone now and I'm happy with my choice," Donovan wrote on Facebook Friday.

Centenary is a four-year private school located in Hackettstown, N.J. with an enrollment of approximately 1,700 students. The Cyclones wrestling program competes in NCAA Division III.

When contacted by InterMat, Donovan responded, "I am eligible for the next four years to wrestle for Centenary. I made the transfer prior to August. Had all of the transfer release forms in from Cal Poly."

Donovan won the 145-pound title for Brick Memorial High School at the 2015 NJSIAA championships at Atlantic City and was named Shore Conference Wrestler of the Year in 2015 by

On a college recruiting trip Donovan revealed that he is gay, not long after Mike Pucillo, 2008 NCAA champ for Ohio State, came out in an interview. Donovan is believed to be the first openly gay college wrestler.

"I am not a gay wrestler, I am a wrestler who just happens to be gay," Donovan said at the time he came out. "Being gay has nothing to do with wrestling."

Donovan had considered Limestone College in South Carolina and Edinboro University in Pennsylvania before signing a letter of intent at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.

In his first season as a Cal Poly Mustang, Donovan compiled an overall record of 14-7 -- including six falls, two major decisions, and two technical falls -- wrestling in tournaments at 157 pounds.


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johnnyknj (1) about 5 years ago
Good for him. He shows courage on and off the mat.