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Wesleyan head coach Drew Black to be inducted into NEWA Hall of Fame

Long-time Wesleyan University wrestling coach Drew Black will be inducted into the New England Wrestling Association Hall of Fame on Saturday. (Lianne Yun photo courtesy of Wesleyan University Sports Information)

MIDDLETOWN, January 16 – Wesleyan University head coach Drew Black will be inducted into the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Hall of Fame on Sunday, January 19, at 3:30 pm at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. The induction ceremony is in conjunction with the NEWA Dual Meet Championships.

Former Trinity College wrestler Joe Adam will also be inducted. Adam is the first Trinity College wrestler to earn All-American honors when he finished sixth at 177 pounds at the 1986 NCAA Division III national championships.

Black is the only coach in the 2020 NEWA Hall of Fame induction class. He’ll be joined by former wrestlers Adam, Brian Glatz of WPI, and John Marsh of Bridgewater State, as well as contributor Dwayne Dawson of Western New England.

“To be called a coach is an honor,” said Black. “Coaching at Wesleyan is an honor and it has been a tremendous and impactful life experience for me. I want to thank John Biddiscombe for believing in me and hiring me 22 years ago. It is great to work for and work with people at Wesleyan who care about the sport of wrestling.

“Someone once said, “A coach impacts more lives in one year than most people do in their lifetime.” I hope I have been able to make a positive impact on our Wesleyan wrestlers’ lives and I look forward to continuing to do so for many more years ahead,” Black said.

Black is in his 22nd year at the helm of the Wesleyan wrestling program and 26th year coaching overall. He is the winningest coach in Wesleyan wrestling history, entered the year with a 209-178-2 record with the Cardinals. Black also spent three years coaching at Phoenix College (junior college) and one year at Stow-Monroe Falls High School in Ohio.

In 2010 and 2011, Black helped guide Wesleyan to a third-place finish at the New England team championships and in 2012, Wesleyan was crowned the NEWA conference champions. He was named the NEWA Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012.

During the 2013 campaign, Black’s squad finished sixth overall at the Division III National Duals and was only the second team in New England history to place at the national duals at that time. The 2013 squad also ranked No. 10 in the national rankings, marking the highest ranking in program history, and in 2018 Wesleyan placed 18th at the NCAA Division III wrestling championships.

Additionally, Black has coached 91 All-New England/Northeast Region wrestlers, 22 NCAA qualifiers, 34 Scholar All-Americans, and three All-Americans. He also coached the No. 1 pinner in the country in 2013 (Nick Scotto; 21 pins) and 2018 (Isaiah Bellamy; 24 pins), as well as the No. 3 pinner in 2018 (Devon Carrillo; 21 pins).

Connecticut Wrestling Online has been covering the sport of wrestling in Connecticut and New England since 2001.

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