Dan Haemmerle, a member of the Bergen Catholic Class of 1991, helped to establish a number of individual and team firsts for the Crusader wrestling team. On an individual basis, he established a then-record for career wins in program history and was the first BC wrestler to win multiple Regional Championships and to qualify for the state championships four times. Dan also became the first Crusader wrestler to earn All-American honors, finishing sixth at the Junior Nationals in 1991. He was the captain of BC’s 1990 and 1991 teams that won the program’s second and third District 7 titles and first two North Parochial “A” Sectional crowns. In 1991, the team also captured the program’s first Parochial “A” State and Bergen County Championships, while finishing the season undefeated at 15-0. Dan went on to study and wrestle at New York University, where he graduated magna cum laude. His parents Rich and Kathy, helped to establish the Bergen Catholic Takedown Club, and his two brothers are prominent Bergen Catholic alumni – Joe ’86 and Mike ’88. Dan and his wife, Phyliss, are the proud parents of their two children, Thomas and Julia.