Worcester, MA --- Greg Hurd (New Hartford, CT) and Dan Bloom (Sharon, MA) each won bouts that featured two regionally ranked opponents to help lift Wesleyan to a 28-6 decision over host WPI in New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) action on Thursday evening. With the result, Wesleyan improves to 6-8 on the season while WPI, who saw its two-match winning streak snapped, is now 5-11.
Hurd, ranked third at 174 pounds, opened the night with a 10-5 win while Bloom, slotted fifth at 125, picked up a 8-4 decision four matches later.
Scott Guzman (Acton, ME) got WPI even at 3-3 when he earned a 5-4 win in the closing seconds at 184 pounds. The Cardinals took the lead for good when John Gottfried (North Andover, MA) picked up a major decision at 197 and Dan Conroy (Malverne, NY) notched a second period pin at heavyweight.
After Bloom's win at 125, Wesleyan rattled off three wins in a row by decision as Josh Wildes (Dayville, CT) Kyle Baicker-McKee (Pittsburgh, PA) and David Backy (Sayville, NY) all picked up victories at 133, 141 and 149 pounds respectively.
Tyler Howe (Danbury, CT) got WPI back on the board by winning a decision at 157 pounds before Josh Berkovic (Montclair, NJ) ended the night with a 10-6 victory at 165.
WPI travels to Roger Williams on Saturday where they face Hunter, NYU and College of New Jersey in the NEWA-Metro Conference Duals. The meet was originally scheduled for WPI before water damage in Harrington Auditorium necessitated the move to Bristol, RI. Wesleyan is off until next Sunday, February 10th when they travel to Williams for a meet that also features Western New England and Oneonta State.
Weight Result Score/Time Running Score
174 Greg Hurd (Wes) Dec. Larry Loomis (WPI) 10-5 3-0
184 Scott Guzman (WPI) Dec. Cam Maloni (Wes) 5-4 3-3
197 John Gottfried (Wes) Major Dec. John Gikas (WPI) 10-0 7-3
285 Dan Conroy (Wes) Pinned Anthony Corbo (WPI) 3:37 13-3
125 Dan Bloom (Wes) Dec. Carl Anderson (WPI) 8-4 16-3
133 Josh Wildes (Wes) Dec. Jeff Root (WPI) 8-1 19-3
141 Kyle Baicker-McKee (Wes) Dec. Dennis Sullivan (WPI) 8-4 22-3
149 David Bachy (Wes) Dec. Matt Wainwright (WPI) 4-2 25-3
157 Tyler Howe (WPI) Dec. Zach Rolfe (Wes) 7-5 25-6
165 Josh Berkovic (Wes) Dec David Cardenas (WPI) 10-6 28-6