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Sacred Heart wrestlers drop a pair of matches

Columbia won nine of ten matches to beat Sacred Heart on Sunday, 34-4. (MaryAnn K. Hassan photo, courtesy Columbia University Athletics)

NEW YORK, February 3 – Columbia University won nine of ten matches to hand Sacred Heart their second loss of the weekend with a 34-4 decision in EIWA action Sunday.

The Pioneers (5-5, 1-3 EIWA) fell to Binghamton, 34-7 on Friday night in Fairfield. They have lost three straight matches.

Senior Brandon Levesque (Portland) had the best performance for the Pioneers at 165 pounds in a 12-4 win over  Laurence Kosoy 12-4 at 165 pounds.

Sacred Heart dropped some close matches. Columbia’s Danny Fogaro rallied from an early deficit to beat Gerard Daly, 7-4. At 187, Sacred Hearts’ Robert Hetherman fell to Sam Wustefeld by slim margin of 3-2. At 184 pounds, Kyle Davis fell to Coumbia’s Brian Bonino, 7-4.

On Friday night, Binghamton (5-3) won their fifth straight match, earning bonus points in five of 10 matches. “We talked this week about keeping our foot on the gas and scoring bonus points. We did that today in a number of matches,” Binghamton coach Kyle Borshoff said.

Anthony Sparacio (141) earned his seventh straight win with a 3-2 win over Sacred Heart’s Daly. At 157, Binghamton freshman Chris Barker earned his first career win scoring off an escape and a takedown in a 3-2 win over T.J. Calas.

At 174, Binghamton’s Vincent DePerez got a pin for the second time in the last three matches and won his fifth straight bout with a pin of Sacred Hear’s Joe Eiden.

For the Pioneers, Levesque earned a 11-3 decision at 174 pounds while Kyle Davis won 10-6 at 184 pounds.

Levesque led Dylan Wood, 4-3 in the second period before a takedown stretched the lead to three points. Four near fall points extended the lead to 10-3 late in the second period.

Davis trailed Binghamton’s Nunzio Crowley by two points, 5-3, with 1:36 left in the third period but a pair of takedowns helped Davis grab a 7-5 lead with 41 seconds left in the match. A final takedown in the waning seconds secured a 10-6 victory for Davis.

Sacred Heart returns to action on Saturday when they host Hofstra at 7 p.m. in the final home match of the season.

Columbia 34, Sacred Heart 4
At New York
197: Sam Wustefeld (C) Dec. Robert Hetherman, 3-2; 285: Daniel Herman (C) Dec. Dante DelBonis, 3-0 ; 125: Joe Manchio (C) dec.  Ryan Burns, 13-4; 133: Matt Kazimir (C) Dec. Anthony Petrillo, 6-0; 141: Danny Fongaro (C) Dec. Gerard Daly, 7-4; 149: Cole Corrigan (C) Dec. Chris Cornell, 4-0); 157: Dan Reed (C) tech fall  TJ Calas (SHU), 2:07; 165: Brandon Levesque (SHU) dec. Laurence Kosoy (C), 12-4; 174: Max Elling (C) pin Dom Celli, 4:23; 184: Brian Bonino (C) Dec. Kyle Davis. 7-4
Records: Sacred Heart 5-5, 1-3 EIWA; Columbia 6-3

Binghamton 34, Sacred Heart 7
At Fairfield
125: Audey Ashkar (Binghamton) pin Ryan Burns, 4:56; 133; Zack Trampe (Binghamton) tech fall Anthony Petrillo, 20-4; 141: Anthony Sparacio (Binghamton) dec. Gerard Daly, 3-2; 149: Frank Garcia (Binghamton) dec. Chris Cornell, 15-2; 157: Chris Barker (Binghamton) dec.  Tristen Cala, 3-2; 165: Brandon Levesque (Sacred Heart) dec. Dylan Wood, 11-3; 174: Vincent Deprez (Binghamton) dec.  Joseph Eiden, 1:48; 184: Kyle Davis (Sacred Heart) dec.  Nunzio Crowley, 10-6; 197: Alexander Melikian (Binghamton) dec. Robert Hetherman, 6-4; 285: Joe Doyle (Binghamton) over Dante DelBonis, 13-0
Records: Sacred Heart 5-4, 1-2 EIWA; Binghamton 5-3, 4-1 EIWA

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 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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