Middletown, Conn. - March 2, 2014 - Both Eric Hamrick (Collingswood, N.J.) and Dylan Foley (Southborough, Mass.) qualified to represent Springfield College at the 2014 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships as they placed in the top three of their respective weight classes at the NCAA Northeast Regionals this weekend.
For both Foley and Hamrick, this marks the first time in their collegiate careers that they have reached the national level. The duo will next wrestling on March 14-15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
As a team, Springfield College finished sixth out of the 18-team field with 77.5 points. Cortland totaled 128 points to win the title, edging Ithaca's score of 126. Johnson & Wales (105.5), Roger Williams (97.5), and Williams (78.5) rounded out the top five team scoring.
Hamrick picked up a 4-1 decision in the semifinals to advance to the championship against top-seeded Bobby Dierna of Cortland. In the title bout, Dierna registered a 16-6 major decision over Hamrick, but by virtue of his runner-up finish, the junior earned a bid to the NCAA Championships.
For Foley, his day proved to be interesting after dropping a 12-1 major decision to second-seeded Collin Crowell of Roger Williams. In the wrestle backs, Foley posted a 4-3 decision win over Mike Beckwith from Cortland before winning the third-place showdown against Shaun Gillen of Oneonta by a 2-1 decision in double overtime to clinch a spot in the national tournament.
The Pride had three other wrestlers just miss out on making to the NCAA Championships as Devin Biscaha (Jackson, N.J.), Michael Case (Cedar Run, N.J.), and Hunter Ayen (Gouverneur, N.Y.) each finished fourth.
After losing his first match of the weekend, Case battled all the way to four-straight victories before dropping a 5-0 decision in the third-place match.
Both Ayen and Biscaha lost in their semifinals, but advanced to the third-place match with a key win in the wrestlebacks. At 197, Ayen lost a close 3-2 decision to second-ranked Shane Parcel of Roger Williams, while at 157, Biscaha was pinned by top-seeded Everet Desilets of Johnson & Wales in 2:07.