Hempstead, NY -- Hofstra Head Wrestling Coach Rob Anspach announced today that current Hofstra graduate student and former Drexel standout Joe Booth has been granted an extension of the five-year eligibility rule by the NCAA and will compete for the Pride this season.
A Bayville, New York native and a graduate of Long Island Lutheran High School, Booth earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Drexel and is pursuing an MBA at Hofstra. The three-time NCAA Championship qualifier attended Drexel from 2008 through 2013 and competed for the Dragons from 2009 through 2012 with red-shirt seasons in 2008-09 and 2012-13.
"We are excited to have Joe complete his athletic eligibility while continuing his education at Hofstra University," Anspach said. "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."
After red-shirting as a true freshman, Booth was named the Colonial Athletic Association Wrestling Co-Rookie of the Year in 2010 after recording a 22-9 record, including six major decision victories and two technical falls, and placing second in the CAA Championships at 157-pounds. He posted a 1-2 mark in the NCAA Championships in Omaha. Booth was also named the CAA Rookie of the Week four times in 2009-10.
As a red-shirt sophomore in 2010-11, Booth led the Dragons with a 25-11 mark including a 6-0 record in CAA dual matches. He posted a 2-2 mark and placed fourth at 165-pounds in the CAA Championships to earn his second NCAA Championship bid. Booth recorded a 2-2 slate with two major decisions at the NCAA Championships in Philadelphia. He also placed fourth at the prestigious Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational during the regular season.
Booth last competed for Drexel in 2011-12 when he once again led the Dragons with a 24-6 record including an 11-0 mark in duals and a 6-0 docket in the CAA. He tallied six major decisions that season and placed third, with a 3-1 record, at 165-pounds in the CAA Championships, earning him a third consecutive NCAA Championship berth.
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.
The Pride will begin the 2013-14 season, their first as a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) on Sunday, November 3 when they host the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers at the Mack Sports Complex. Match time for Hofstra's first EIWA contest is 1 p.m. For Hofstra Wrestling ticket information please call the Hofstra Athletics Box Office at (516) HOF-TIXX.