2008-09 Veteran Cardinal Grapplers Looking to Rise in Regional
Rankings, Bolstered by 10 Newcomers
Returning 17 lettermen from
the 8-8 squad of 2007-08, nine of whom saw action in at least six dual
matches with six posting winning records, Wesleyan has a lot of veteran
talent entering the 2008-09 campaign. The team was ranked sixth among
the 15 New England Wrestling Association squads in the preseason poll.
Five members of the squad are past New England placewinners, led by
125-pounder Dan Bloom '10, who is twice decorated. Team co-captain Greg
Hurd '10 (main photo), at 174, and Josh Berkovic '10, at 165, both took
regional honors last season while Jeremy Stuart '09 (184) and Zach
Rolfe '10 (157) were placewinners in 2006-07. Other stalwarts back on
the squad include Dave Bachy '10 (149), John Gottfried '09 (197), Dan
Conroy '11 (Hwt), Chris Alvanos '11 (125) and team co-captain Alex Segal
'09 (184, photo insert upper left). With the other eight returning
lettermen hoping to step up their effort and the arrival of nine
freshmen and a sophomore transfer, Wesleyan will have a good deal of
depth at most weight classes. The team will begin the 2008-09 season
with three invitational tournaments during the first semester, the first
at Roger Williams University Sat., Nov. 15. At that time, head coach
Drew Black will have the opportunity to put a majority of his athletes
to the test against competitors from about a dozen area colleges.
During the second semester, the team will have about 15 duals matches,
almost all of which will be against NEWA opponents.