Fall 15s Captains' Bios

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Doug Wilson

Year: 2019

Position: Number 8

Hometown: Hummelstown, PA

Doug is coming into his 10th season of rugby, serving this 2018-19 academic year as the President of the MCRC. A senior International Politics & Economics major focusing in Chinese, Doug began his rugby career in 6th grade playing for West Shore United’s under 15’s squad. After playing with West Shore United for a total of seven years, as well as playing for both the Pennsylvania All State 7’s and 15’s squads throughout his four years of high school, Doug had the honor to serve as captain of West Shore United and lead the team to a fourth place national ranking his senior year.

Before coming to Middlebury as a freshman in fall of 2015, Doug had already come to campus for two overnight visits to meet the MCRC lads and definitely not pass out on the floor of Brendan Kelly’s suite. By the second match of his first season with the MCRC, Doug had entered the starting lineup at outside center in a challenging Division 1 conference, filling the vacancy left when then captain Jake Feury’s was injured. In his fourth start of the season against then nationally ranked American International College, Doug broke his hand at the 10th minute of the game and proceeded to finish the remaining 70 minutes with the middle knuckle of his left-hand broken in half. The fracture required surgery and would cost Doug the remainder of his inaugural fall season.

After making a full recovery, Doug came out for 7’s in the spring determined to make an impact and earn a starting spot on a competitive Middlebury squad. A few weeks before the first tournament of the season Doug sustained two herniated discs in his lower spine while squatting in the weight room, and was forced to sit out for his freshman spring and entire sophomore year to recover. Doug continued to stay closely involved with the team, serving as Match Secretary both sophomore and junior year, and also joining Raouf Belkhir to direct the MCRC’s growing relationship with the Charter House, an organization which provides food and emergency housing in the Middlebury community.

Returning from his back injury in the fall of his junior year, Doug started at flanker and went on to play all 80 minutes for every game of the season.

Having just finished a 7 month stay in China which stretched from January through July of 2018, Doug is returning to Middlebury as the president of the MCRC – ready to lead the team both on and off the pitch. Aiming to play 8-man for his last fall rugby season, Doug is eager for the opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder alongside his brothers on the pitch while also assuming the responsibility of maintaining the positive image and expanding the strong culture of the MCRC across the Middlebury campus and community. After graduation, Doug is contemplating returning to China to pursue a master’s degree in Energy, Resources and the Environment, but if you ask him what the future holds his response is as simple as: “I don’t want to join the army, I don’t want to go to war…”

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Ben Manoukian

Year: 2018.5

Position: Prop

Hometown: Reno, NV

"My name is Ben Manoukian and I am an International Politics and Economics major, graduating in February of 2019. I had not played rugby before coming to Middlebury, but I was placed in a suite with the Captain, Treasurer, and Match Secretary my freshman year so I never really had the choice.

I fell in love with the game and the club immediately, and was honored to be named Captain in the Fall of 2017 after two A-side 15s seasons. Continuing as Captain from the past full school year, I look to bring experience and intensity in my last season with the Blue. I look forward most to mentoring the young players and teaching them the values of rugby as the veteran players taught me when I was a freshman. We’re off to a strong start with a great preseason camp and we look forward to performing on the pitch this Fall!"

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Scott Westvold

Year: 2019

Position: Scrum-half

Hometown: Weston, MA

"My name is Scott Westvold and I am a Computer Science Major graduating in June of 2019. I had not played rugby before coming to Middlebury but on my first day of classes a friend convinced me to go to lunch with the “rugby guys”. I never intended on playing but I went to the first practice, enjoyed my time on the pitch like so many ruggers before me and just kept coming back. I never thought that I’d play rugby my entire time at Middlebury but something about the MCRC kept me returning every day and now it is the single most important aspect of my Middlebury experience.

I have played as the A-Side Scrum-Half since midway through my sophomore year but this season is my first season as a Captain of the MCRC. I look to bring intensity and experience in on-field organization as a scrum-half to my last season with the Blue. My initial goals for this season are to qualify for the playoffs, a difficult but attainable task with a strong core of seniors, and off the field recruit a large and dedicated freshman class to ensure the future prosperity of the club. After a challenging camp the MCRC is ready for the season!”