The Wesley College Athletic Department, alongside the Wesley College Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee are thrilled to announce the Wesley College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The class include four female alumni, six male alumni, and a special induction: the 1976 Wesley Football team.
Wesley College President Robert E. Clark II gave the approval for the class to be enshrined in the Wesley Athletics Hall of Fame. He was thrilled with the selection saying, "Greatness and champions are not definied on the athletic fields, track, court, classroom, or by induction into Hall of Fames - they are merely recognized there. What truly defines greatness and champions is how they influence and inspire others to achieve things they never thought possible; how they make people around them better; how they better their team, their institution, their sport, and their community day in and day out."
President Clark added, "Our 2016 Hall of Fame class are champions and truly embody the greatness that has become part of the legacy of excellence that is the Wolverine Student-Athlete. I look forward to welcoming the 2016 Hall of Fame class home, and especially the 1976 Wesley College Football Team, who will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their accomplishments this year."
The Wesley College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be recognized at a ceremony held during Homecoming Weekend. Homecoming Weekend begins on Friday, October 7.
Caty (Bivins) Beron, Women's Lacrosse ('05) - During her playing career, Caty Beron scored 65 goals and passed off 19 assists, graduating as second in career points, goals, and assists. She still ranks within the top twelve in program history in each. She graduated as the program leader in ground balls and caused turnovers. She was named to the All-PAC Second Team in 2003 and the All-PAC First Team in 2004. Beron led the Wolverines to their first winning season in program history in 2003.
Christo Garavelas, Football ('02) - Garavelas was a two-time ACFC All-Conference offensive lineman and a four-year starter in the trenches for the Wolverines. He was named All-ECAC and given the Ken Pippin Award, presented by the team to their best lineman. He was essential in leading Wesley to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance as well.
Mario Harris, Football ('07) - Harris was a three-time All-Conference First Team selection at defensive back. He was an ECAC All-Star and appeared in the Aztec Bowl his senior season. Harris was a two-time Football Gazette All-American, a two-time AFCA All-American, and was an AP Little All-American as well. He is currently in the Wesley College record book as fifth all-time in blocked kicks, 13th in interceptions, third in passes defended, sixth in forced fumbles, 12th in total tackles and fifth in unassisted tackles.
Billie Jo Hrupsa, Field Hockey/Softball ('04) - Billie Jo Hrupsa won three Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Championships as a member of the field hockey team, leading Wesley to three NCAA Tournament appearances. She was a 2004 First Team All-PAC Selection and an All-PAC Honorable Mention in 2002. She was a two-time Academic All-American as a member of the field hockey team and also earned All-PAC honors in softball.
Edward "Ned" Hunt, Men's Soccer ('07) - Hunt was Wesley's goalkeeper for a pair of playoff runs. He led the team to a PAC Championship appearance and an ECAC South Tournament Championship in 2004. He was named All-PAC Honorable Mention in 2004 and earned Alll-PAC First Team honors in 2005. In 2005, he was also selected to the NSCAA All-Region team. After he finished college he was invited to train with English professional team Accrington and Stanley and played semi-pro with Lynch FC.
Kevin Kerwood, Football ('98) - Kerwood was a four-year starter and a team captain during his time with the Wolverines. He led the Wesley defense in tackles for a loss for both the 1994 and 1995 seasons and earned ECAC MVP during his tenure. After his time at Wesley he coached football at Penn Wood High School.
Krista Roosa, Field Hockey/Women's Lacrosse ('03) - Roosa graduated as the top goalie in Wesley Women's Lacrosse history, holding program records for career saves, single-season saves, and career goals against average. She still ranks first in career GAA and second in career saves. Three of the top four seasons for Wesley Women's Lacrosse goalies in GAA belong to Roosa. She earned All-PAC honors in 2003. Roosa played on a pair of ECAC Tournament Teams and one PAC Championship team in field hockey as well.
Chris Warrick, Football ('08) - Warrick graduated as the program's all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, and was just recently passed by Joe Callahan in both categories. He and Callahan are the only Wesley quarterbacks to ever throw for 10,000+ yards and 100 touchdowns in their careers. Warrick was a two-time ACFC Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time ACFC First Team selection. He also earned two D3football.com All-Region selections and was named D3football.com Regional Player of the Year in 2006. That year he also was named ECAC Player of the Year, ECAC All-Star, a Football Gazette All-American, and led the Wolverines to two NCAA Semifinal appearances.
Scott Watras, Men's Lacrosse ('05) - Scott Watras was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Wolverines over the course of the program's most tumultuous times. He played under four different coaches, and earned the team's Defensive MVP award twice. He was also a two-time Dave Reynolds Memorial Award winner and a two-time All-PAC First Team Selection on defense.
Lindsey Williams, Field Hockey ('07) - Williams ranks fifth all-time in goals (46) and points (101) and was just the third Wolverine to ever score 100 career points. She was a member of two PAC Championship Field Hockey teams, leading the Wolverines to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, and earned three All-PAC selections (including two First Team selections). Williams was also a two-time NFHCA All-Region Team selection.
The 1976 Wesley College Football Team led by Hall of Fame Head Coach Bob Andrus went 10-0 on the season on their way to a Coastal Conference Championship. The team posted the college's best record as a junior college team and attained the highest national ranking (NJCAA) in Wesley's junior college program history. Andrus was named Coastal Conference Coach of the Year after his defense allowed just 37 points to conference opponents in seven games combined. The team was led by two All-Americans in Dave Roccio and Wayne Irby and was arguably the best JC team in the nation at the time.