Cardinals Return Virtually Intact From 2005-06 Including N.E. Champ Dan deLalla '07 at 157 Pounds

9.17.06

With 17 of 19 lettermen back, including all the individuals who logged the most time at each weight class during the 2005-06 campaign, Wesleyan wrestling has a lot to look forward to in 2006-07. Leading the way will be returning New England champion Dan deLalla '07 at 157 pounds. DeLalla, the team's captain in 2006-07, came back from a preseason arm injury to compete in the NECCWA tournament hosted by Wesleyan last February and go 5-1 to capture an individual crown and qualiofy for the NCAA Division III championships. He was Wesleyan first national qualifier since Brian Fair in 2001. Also earning all-New England honors a year ago were Josh Wildes '08 at 133 pounds (third place) and Mike Lima '08 at 197 pounds (fifth place). In addition to 17 veterans, the Cardinals' troops will be bolstered by the influx of 10 newcomers. With four winning marks in the last six seasons, Wesleyan hopes to improve upon the 6-12 dual-meet record of 2005-06, as indicated by the squad's fine sixth-place finish among 15 teams at the NECCWA tournament. The Cardinals begin the regular season in the annual Doug Parker Invitational hosted by Springfield Saturday, Nov. 18. In preseason action at Roger Williams Sat., Nov. 11, deLalla won the 157-pound title with a 5-0 mark while four other Cardinals placed in their respective weight class - Dan Bloom '10 (3rd at 125), Josh Wildes '08 (5th at 133), Greg Hurd '10 (4th at 165) and Chris Mixon '09 (6th at 174). Back on October 8, Wesleyan hosted a coaches clinic with Jeff Buxton of the highly regarded program at Blair Academy in New Jersey attending. Several Wesleyan wrestlers attended the clinic along with Head Coach Drew Black. A photo of the Wesleyan contingent of (L to R): Steve Campbell '07, Coach Black, Coach Buxton, Seth Rosen '10, Dan Bloom '10 and David Bachy '10 appears in the lower left corner.