The NCAA says Joe Booth may continue his college wrestling career as he pursues a graduate degree.
Booth, a former Drexel University wrestler who is now a Hofstra graduate student, has been granted an extension of the five-year eligibility rule by the NCAA and will compete for the Pride this season, the Long Island school announced Friday.
Booth earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pennsylvania-based Drexel, and is now working towards his MBA (master's in business administration) at Hofstra while continuing his on-the-mat career.
According to his biography at the official Hofstra wrestling website, Booth is projected to wrestle at 165 pounds.
A three-time NCAA qualifier for the Dragons, Booth wrestled at Drexel from 2009 through 2012, taking redshirt seasons in 2008-09 and 2012-13. He was also a finalist at the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) conference championships at 157 pounds in 2010.
Prior to his collegiate career, Booth was a four-time New York State champion at Long Island Lutheran High School. He posted a 47-0 mark as a senior. He was also a national prep champion and also earned Prep All-American honors in his final three seasons.
“We are excited to have Joe complete his athletic eligibility while continuing his education at Hofstra University,” said head wrestling coach Rob Anspach. “As a graduate student and a three-time NCAA qualifier, he will provide us with talent, experience and leadership both on the mat and in the classroom. He is a great addition to our program as we enter the EIWA.”
Hofstra will be competing this season for the first time in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, along with other new members Binghamton, Boston University, and Drexel. All had been members of the CAA.
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