The first d3wrestle.com Wrestler of the Week of the 2022-2023 season is Luke Hoerle of Stevens Institute of Technology. Hoerle opened his season by winning the Ned McGinley Invitational at King’s at 125 lbs. He opened with a tech fall and pin to reach the semis against #2 seed and 2022 regional 4th place finisher Jared Kuhns of York where he prevailed with an 18-5 major decision. That set up a finals match against 2022 NCAA qualifier Austin Fashouer of Wilkes. Hoerle used a pair of takedowns and strong riding to pick up a 7-2 decision and the tournament title.
Hoerle, a junior from Westfield, New Jersey, spent all of last season at 133 lbs. where he went 23-11 and finished in fourth place at the Southeast Regional. He finished 10-4 in his COVID-shortened freshman year in 2020-2021 and won a match at the NWCA DIII Championships. His career record now stands at 37-15. Stevens wrestles next this Friday in a dual against Ithaca and the following day at the Roger Williams Invitational.