April 30, 2014



Providence, RI-Rhode Island College senior Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA) received Rhode Island College’s John E. Hetherman Award at the College’s annual Cap and Gown ceremony on Wednesday, April 30. The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement. The student who receives the Hetherman Award must be a male student-athlete who participates in intercollegiate athletics, a good student and has demonstrated interest and participation in campus activities.


Gauthier competed for the Rhode Island College wrestling team from 2008-2012 and closed out his career with a 112-47 record (.704) to go along with 192 takedowns, 37 reversals, 129 escapes, 62 near-falls and 44 pins.




As a senior in 2011-2012, Gauthier competed at the 2012 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships and finished 3-2 overall, falling just short of All-American honors. He earned All-New England honors with a second place finish at the 2012 NEWA Championships, hosted by Wesleyan on Feb. 25-26, and was also named a First Team Pilgrim League All-Star.


Gauthier finished the season with a 35–12 record to go along with 64 takedowns, 10 reversals, 32 escapes, 21 near-falls and 11 pins. During the season, he placed third at both the Roger Williams (Nov. 12) and Doug Parker (Nov. 19) Invitationals. He notched his 100th career victory on January 22 at the New England Dual Championships. Gauthier was named the Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Week once on the year and was named the team's Most Outstanding Wrestler.




As a junior in 2010-2011, Gauthier earned All-American honors with a seventh place finish and a 3-2 record at the 2011 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships. He was the New England Champion at 125 lbs. at the NEWA Championships on Feb. 27, entering the competition as the top seed and going 5-1 en route to the individual title. Gauthier also posted a pair of third place finishes during the season at the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 13) and the Citrus Invitational (Dec. 29-30). 




He posted a 40-8 record at 125 lbs. to go along with 59 takedowns, 10 reversals, 40 escapes, 17 near-falls and 18 pins.  Gauthier was named a First Team Pilgrim League All-Star and to the league’s Scholar-Athlete team. He earned Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Week honors twice on the season. He capped the season by being named a Scholar All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and was tabbed the team’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.


As a sophomore in 2009-2010, Gauthier earned All-New England Honors by placing fourth at the NEWA Championships on Feb. 21. He was 23-13 at 125 lbs. with 40 takedowns, 13 reversals, 32 escapes, 14 near-falls and 10 pins on the season. Gauthier placed second at 125 lbs. at the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 21), third at the Citrus Invitational (Dec. 30) and fifth at the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 14). He was also named a First Team Pilgrim League All-Star.


As a freshman in 2008-2009, Gauthier was 14-14 at 125 lbs. with 29 takedowns, four reversals, 25 escapes, 10 near-falls and five pins on the season. He placed sixth at the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 22). He was named the NEWA Rookie of the Week once.


Gauthier is a physical education and health major and a 2008 graduate of Lowell High School. He is currently finishing his student-teaching and is slated to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College in May of 2014. Gauthier also serves as an assistant wrestling coach at Roger Williams University.



The Hetherman Award was established in 1958 and sponsored by the RIC class of 1940 to honor its classmate, Jay Hetherman. Mr. Hetherman, while a student, played varsity basketball and baseball for two years. He was also active in the drama club and took part in all “stunt night” activities and major productions. During World War II, Hetherman became a naval aviator, receiving his wings in Jacksonville, Florida in 1942. Approximately one year later, while returning from flying a rescue mission in the South Pacific, Lt. John E. Hetherman crashed and lost his life, leaving an enviable college and service career behind him.