Two-time state qualifier Mason Rowley ‘24 from Little Falls committed to George Mason formally at Little Falls High School on March 7, 2024.

Rowley, who missed his entire junior year with a knee injury, followed up his state finalist sophomore year by placing fifth at the NYS Championships in 2024. He became the first wrestler in school history as a two-time sectional winner and state tournament finalist.

Rowley’s record this season was 38-5, with a career record of 105-23. This year, he was the champion and most outstanding wrestler at the King Bison Invitational, Bill Anderson Memorial Invitational, and Cooperstown Invitational while placing first at the Leo J. Sammon tournament.

Athletic Director Bart Tooley stated, “Who would have known that when all these guys were in Pre-K, we’d have all these signing days? He came back this year with a vengeance after missing last year because of an injury. He goes down in our school history as the only two-time sectional champion and two-time state finalist qualifier.”

“Him placing fifth this year is the highest placed finisher for a Little Fall wrestler other than Andy Little in 1970, who played the sport,” Tooley said.

“He’s a great representative of our school district and always has been in everything that he does, so we’re super proud of him.”

When asked why he chose George Mason, Rowley said, “The coaches and athletes there. They were super open-armed and supportive when I got there. Every week, they called me to see how I was doing. You can’t beat that.”

“Obviously, it’s Division I, and I’ve always dreamed about going to Division I since I was a kid. It all came together,” he stated.

Mason is the son of Mike and Shannan Rowley and is undecided about his major.