Cards Place 3rd at NEWA Tournament as Greg Hurd '10 (174) & Dan Bloom '10 (125) Win Titles
Greg Hurd '10 (main photo) swept
through the 174-pound weight class with a perfect 5-0 record to win his
first New England Wrestling Association crown and earn another trip to
the NCAA Division III Championships at Coe College March 5-6. Dan Bloom
'10 (photo insert upper right) repeated as the NEWA winner at 125
pounds but had to defeat Carl Anderson of WPI twice after dropping a
match to him during the festivities. Bloom also made his second trip to
Nationals. The NEWA tournament was hosted by Western New England
College Sat.-Sun., Feb. 20-21.
In total, seven Cardinals earned all-New England honors as Wesleyan
collected 95 team points, good enough to tie for third place with
Johnson & Wales. Williams won the team crown while Springfield
placed second. Williams entered the tournament ranked 11th nationally
while JWU was 21st, Springfield 24th and Wesleyan 26th.
The Cardinals got a second-place finish for the second straight year
from 165-pounder Josh Berkovic '10. Luke Erickson '12 got his first
all-New England honor with a third-place finish at 197 pounds. Also
with a top-six finish was Howard Tobochnik '13 (5th) at 141, Dave Bachy
'10 (6th) at 157 and Zach Rolfe '10 (5th) at 184.
Other honors went the Cardinals' way as head coach Drew Black (photo
insert lower right) was named NEWA Coach of the Year and Wesleyan
received the NEWA highest team GPA award.
Berkovic had a chance of participating in the NCAAs along with Bloom and
Hurd as the NEWA coaches selected four non-winners as at-large choices
to attend Nationals. Unfortunately for Berkovic and Wesleyan, he was
not among the at-large picks.
At the NCAAs, Bloom posted a 1-2 mark while Hurd came away 0-2. Both
wresters did the same a year ago, however, this time Bloom won his
opening match, pinning eighth-seeded Jon Gregory of Ithaca in the first
round before falling 19-6 to top-seeded Clayton Rush of host Coe. Last
year, Bloom lost his opener before winning a consolation match. In his
consolation match this year, Bloom dropped a 6-4 decision to Jay Swanson
of Luther. A win in that match would have assured Bloom of All-America
Hurd had a tough draw, facing third-seeded Mike Schmitz of
Wisc.-LaCrosse in the second round. Hurd suffered a first-period pin.
In his consolation bout, Hurd came up short against Robert Bishop of
Stevens Tech, 9-2.
Wesleyan posted four team points at Nationals thanks to Bloom, good
enough to tie for 38th place among the 59 teams represented at the