Three Sophomores Earn All-New England Honors for Wesleyan After Team Finishes with .500 Mark

2.24.08

Wesleyan wrestling finished its dual season on a great note by upending two top-30 squads, defeating Oneonta St. (#23), 26-12, and Williams (#28), 21-18 to finish the season at 8-8. Wesleyan has had six winning seasons over the last eight years for a cumulative mark of 84-63 (2008, 8-8 ; 2007, 11-7-1 ; 2005, 10-5).

At the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) tournament (NCAA Division III Regional National Qualifier) hosted by Southern Maine Feb. 23-24, the Cardinals had three sophomores come through with all-New England laurels. At 125 pounds, Dan Bloom '10 (photo insert lower left) and Greg Hurd '10 (main photo) at 174 pounds both secured fourth place while Josh Berkovic '10 (photo insert upper right) grabbed sixth place at 165 pounds.

The Cardinals also excelled in the classroom where as a team Wesleyan ranked third of the 15 teams in the NEWA for overall GPA and 20th in the country among Division III colleges with a 3.217 GPA. Both Bloom and Hurd went on to earn the prestigious NCAA Division III scholar All-America honor as each posted outstanding individual season records along with GPAs in excess of 3.3.

Team Award Winners for the 2007-08 Season:

EXCELLENCE IN WRESTLING, LEADERSHIP, & SCHOLARSHIP - Greg Hurd '10

EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP - Dan Bloom '10

IRON-MAN AWARD - Josh Wildes '08

MOST IMPROVED WRESTLER - Bryant Jiravisitcul '11

11TH MAN AWARD - Chris Alvanos '11

TURNAROUND WRESTLER AWARD - Dave Bachy '10

MOST EXCITING MATCHES OF THE SEASON - Dave Bachy '10 vs. Nick Miragliuolo of Williams College, 8-7 win at 149 pounds & Dan Conroy '11 vs. Tim Kiely of Williams College, win by fall (6:10) at heavyweight, February 10, 2008

NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR - Chris Alvanos '11 & Dan Conroy '11

LIFTERS OF THE YEAR - Andrew DePalma '10 & Josh Berkovic '10