Cedar Rapids, Iowa - March 14, 2014 - Dylan Foley (Southborough, Mass.) and Eric Hamrick (Collingswood, N.J.) represented the Springfield College wrestling team on day one of the 2014 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships on Friday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
At 165, Foley earned a 5-3 decision win over Concordia-Moorhead’s Jake Krogstad in his first match of the day. Foley was in control throughout the match, quickly going up 2-0 in the first period. Krogstad tied it up 2-2 early in the second period, but Foley scored two points in the second period and the only point of the third to earn the 5-3 decision win.
Foley advanced to the second round to take on fifth-seeded Nicholas Carr of Washington and Jefferson, where he fell by a 14-6 major decision to the Division II transfer from Seton Hill. Two take-downs from Carr gave him the 4-1 edge after the first period, and after Foley fought back with three points in the second, Carr racked up six points in the third to earn the 14-6 major decision win.
In his first match of the evening session, Foley broke open a two-all tie in the second period en route to a 7-3 win over Peter Kootstra from Milwaukee School of Engineering. Foley put forth a gritty effort, recording several takedowns to advance to his third match of the day.
With All-America status on the line against Anthony Carlo of Ursinus, Foley once again had another tremendous showing to advance to Saturday. After a scoreless first period, Carlo posted a pair of takedowns, but Foley hung tough with three escapes to trail 4-3 heading in the final period. The junior then made an incredibly athletic move to put Carlo on his back, and was awarded four points which ultimately resulted in the 8-4 victory.
Foley will look to continue his winning ways when he takes on Stephen Aiello from Wheaton (IL) on Saturday morning. This marks the first time in Foley's career that he has earned All-America status.
At 149, Hamrick narrowly fell by a 7-5 decision in his first match of the day, wrestling at the same time as Foley. Late in the third period, Hamrick and Rochester Institute of Technology's Brad Mayville were locked in a 5-5 match, but Mayville scored two points with just 11 seconds left in the match to take the decision win.
In his second match of the day, despite fighting off his back in the first, Hamrick could not recover as he dropped a 9-1 decision to Mark Pinero of Wartburg. The junior ended his standout year with a 24-5 record.