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With three pins and two decisions, Sacred Heart picks up a pair of D1 victories

Sacred Heart earned a pair of Division I victories on Saturday in New York. (Photo courtesy Sacred Heart athletics)

TROY, N.Y., November 10 – Newtown graduate Anthony Falbo (174 pounds) and Gerard Daly (141) each won two matches Saturday for Sacred Heart University as the Pioneers picked a pair of Division I wins on the same day at the Journeymen Northeast Duals.

Thanks to three pins and two individual victories, Sacred Heart beat Bloomsburg University, 24-19, and beat The Citadel for the first time since 2001 with a 24-22 victory. The Pioneers dropped a 55-0 decision to No. 26 Appalachian State. It was the first dual meets of the season for Sacred Heart (2-1) and second-year head coach John Clark.

Daly, Brandon Levesque (165) and Connor Fredericks (197) picked up pins for Sacred Heart in the win over Bloomsburg. Falbo won with an 8-4 decision while Paul Klee prevailed with a one-point decision, 6-5.

Against The Citadel, Daly, Falbo and Kyle Davis (184) came up with pins for the Pioneers while Anthony Petrillo (125) and Seth Brown (133) picked up key decisions. Petrillo won by one and Brown won by two points. It was the first two collegiate victories for Falbo, who picked up his first collegiate pin against The Citadel.

It is the first time since 2008-09 that the Hearts have beaten two Division I teams in the same season. In 2009, the Hearts went 7-10 and beat three Division I teams – Princeton, Franklin & Marshall and Wagner, which dropped the sport following that season.

Since 2009, the Hearts have earned Division I dual meet victories against VMI, Davidson and Bloomsburg along with dual meet victories against Division II AIC, Millersville and Shippensburg and Division III Stevens Tech.

Sacred Heart returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 19 when they head to the Keystone Classic at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Sacred Heart 24, Bloomsburg University 19
At Troy N.Y.
125: Girard (B) def. Anthony Petrillo, 10-0; 133: Williams (B) dec. Seth Brown, 3-1; 141: Gerard Daly (SH) pin Coleman, 6:14; 149: Lane (B) dec. Mason Rambarose, 5-4; 157: Paul Klee (SH) dec. Newberry, 6-5; 165: Brandon Levesque (SH) pin Hale, 3:20; 174: Anthony Falbo (SH) dec. Vetrano, 8-4; 184: Allard (B) dec. Kyle Davis, 9-3; 197: Connor Fredericks (SH) pin Porreca, 4:45; 285: Graeber (B) forfeit

Sacred Heart 24, The Citadel 22
At Troy, N.Y.
125: Anthony Petrillo (SH) dec. New, 5-4; 133: Seth Brown (SH) dec. Rotunda, 4-2; 141: Gerard Daly (SH) pin Phillips, 0:59; 149: Porter (Ci) pin Shawn Williams, 4:35; 157: Burris (Ci) dec. Paul Klee, 15-12; 165: Castro (Ci) pin Brandon Levesque, 2:38; 174; Anthony Falbo (SH) pin Lopouchanski, 2:51; 184: Kyle Davis (SH) pin Duane, 0:49; 197: Root (Ci) dec. Connor Fredericks, 12-4; 285: McAleavey (Ci) dec. Dante Delbonis, 10-3

Appalachian State 55, Sacred Heart 0
At Troy, N.Y.
125: Swinson-Barr (A) forfeit; 133: Richard (A) dec. William Bianchi, 13-0; 141: Enriquez (A) pin Call, 2:53; 149: Millner (A) pin Adams, 3:57; 157: Najar (A) pin Calas, 4:49; 164: Joe Accousti (A) pin Schmidt, 2:17; 174: Flitz (A) dec. Eiden, 8-0; 184: Clothier (A) tech fall Harrison, 2:27; 197: Diabe (A) forfeit; 285: Miller (A) pin Blokh, 1:16
Records: Sacred Heart 2-1

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.



  1. Leslie

    November 11, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Joseph Accousti is a Connecticut boy wrestling at Appalachian state with a pair of wins and one loss yesterday

  2. Katie

    November 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    What happened at Perdue with Falbo? Too competitive? He’s an amazing wrestler but the Big10 is obviously the deepest part of the food chain.

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