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Eight Wrestlers Collect Post-Season NEWA Honors

Tyler Keane Springfield, Mass. – March 27, 2014 - Eight members of the Springfield College wrestling team were recognized for their efforts on the mat throughout the course of the 2013-14 season, as they collected New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) post-season accolades. The Pride wrestled to a 10-4 record under the direction of third-year head coach, Jason Holder.

Following an All-American performance at the NCAA Division III National Championships earlier this month, junior Dylan Foley (Southborough, Mass) was selected to the All NEWA First-Team. Other members of the Pride to be named to the First-Team included sophomore Eric Hamrick (Collingswood, N.J.) and senior Tom Casper (Bergenfield, N.J.).

Following a dominating performance on the national stage, Foley collected All-America honors after a dominating 8-4 victory over Anthony Carlo of Ursinus, finishing sixth place overall in the 165 weight class. The criminal justice major finished the season with an overall record of 42-9.

After dropping down 149 for the 2013-14 season, Hamrick wrestled to an impressive 24-5 overall record and made the trip to NCAA’s in just his second year in maroon and white. The Business Management major picked up a 4-1 decision in the regional semifinals to advance to the championship against top-seeded Bobby Dierna of Cortland. Following a runner-up finish at 149, Hamrick earned a bid to the NCAA Championships.

Following an impressive senior campaign, Casper wrestled to an overall record of 24-3 at 125, The physical education major and captain for the Pride was an instrumental part of a team that was ranked sixth in the NCWA Preseason Poll. Casper picked up individual titles at the Ithaca and Williams Invitationals.

Named to the All-NEWA Second –Team was defending national champion at 157, Devin Biscaha (Jackson, N.J.). The junior captain posted another impressive season for Springfield, as the physical education major posted an overall record of 20-5, including a pair of individual titles at the Doug Parker and Petrofes Invitationals.

Collecting NEWA Honorable Mention honors included senior Michael Case (Cedar Run, N.J.) at 184, sophomore Tyler Keane (Glastonbury, Conn.) at 133 and freshmen Jacob Strohman (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Hunter Ayen (Gouverneur, N.Y.) Case capped his career wrestling to an overall record of 12-8 including a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Regionals. Keane finished the season with a13-12 record and claimed an individual title at the Williams Invitational after defeating teammate Victor Ekpenyong (Middletown, Conn.) in the 133 title match.

First year standouts Strohman and Ayen were instrumental in the Pride’s success in the 2013-14 season. Ayen finished the season with an overall record of 29-9 including a pair of individual titles. After finishing first at the Doug Parker Invitational at 197, Ayen was named Division III National Wrestler of the Week as well as NEWA Rookie of the Week.

Strohman finished the season with an overall record of 24-12 including impressive performances at the Doug Parker and Williams Invitationals. The Applied Exercise Science major along with Ayen were also named to the NEWA All-Rookie team following their successful seasons.

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Head Coach Jason Holder Jason Holder will enter his third season as head wrestling coach in 2013. Holder had a standout first season at the helm of the Pride, leading Springfield to the NEWA Duals Championship and taking three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. Read more.

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