With Five Individual Champs, Cardinals Roll to Team Title at
Plymouth St. Invitational
Wesleyan captured five individual
titles during the Plymouth St. Invitational Sat., Jan. 10 to lock up a
team title with 189 points, outdistancing second-place NYU by 36.5
points in the eight-team affair. Four NEWA squads were represented as
Plymouth St., Bridgewater St. WNEC and Coast Guard attended the
invitational while Springfield sent a "B" squad.
Leading the way for the Cardinals was 125-pounder Dan Bloom '10 (main
photo) as he captured his third regional title this season with his 3-0
mark. He has now moved up to 10th place nationally in Division III.
Also winning their bracket were Dave Bachy '10 (photo insert lower
right) at 149 pounds, Charles Hoeg '11 (photo insert lower left) at 157
pounds, Josh Berkovic '10 (photo insert upper right) at 165 pounds and
Dan Conroy '10 (photo insert upper left) at heavyweight. Two other
Cardinals were runners-up in their respective weight class as nationally
ranked (10th) 174-pounder Greg Hurd '10 fell to the tournament's
outstanding wrestler from NYU, 5-2, in the title bout. At 157 pounds,
it was an all-Wesleyan final as Hoeg knocked off teammate Zach Rolfe
Wesleyan has completed its in-season tournament action and will now head
into a series of 14 dual matches over the next month, facing just about
every conference opponent depending upon the seeding in the NEWA Duals
at Roger Williams Sun., Jan. 18. Prior to that, the team visited Roger
Williams for a one-on-one dual match with the Hawks Wed., Jan. 14.
Roger Williams, ranked fourth in New England, took the match, 24-13.
Wesleyan, rated sixth regionally, captured four bouts including three in
a row early on for a 10-3 lead. Hoeg and Berkovic showed why the took
titles at PSU by winning their matches and Hurd followed with a major
decision. But RWU took the next three bouts to move ahead 15-10. Bloom
scored a final-moment decision to keep the outcome in doubt as the
Cards trailed 15-13 with two bouts remaining. The Hawks took both to
cinch the victory.