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Sacred Heart rallies to nip Bloomsburg by one to win seventh match

FAIRFIELD, February 9, 2020 – Sacred Heart won four of the first five matches to take a nine-point lead over visiting Bloomsburg University and then rallied by capturing two of the final three matches to win their third straight match with a 18-17 victory on Sunday.

Sacred Heart (7-3) has won six of their last seven dual meets. It’s the most wins in a single season for the Pioneers since winning seven meets in 2009.

Bloomsburg took their first lead of the day, 13-12, after Josh Mason (133) pinned Sacred Heart’s Kyle Randall in 15 seconds. But the Pioneers’ Gerard Daly (141) outlasted Bloomsburg’s Marlon Argueta-Diaz (Platt-Meriden), 11-8 and Sacred Heart’s Nick Palumbo (148) beat Aaron Coleman, 8-4.

With a takedown with 1:05 left, Diaz tied the match with Daly at 8-8. But Daly escaped with 20 seconds remaining and got a takedown with seconds remaining to earn the 11-8 victory and give the Pioneers a 15-13 lead.

Palumbo grabbed an early 4-0 lead thanks to a pair of first period takedowns. Coleman rallied and cut the lead to 6-4 with an escape in the third period. But Palumbo clinched the victory with his third takedown of the match with seven seconds left and an 8-4 win.

That left Sacred Heart with an 18-13 lead forcing Bloomsburg’s Alex Cardia to get a technical fall to tie or a pin over Shaun Williams for the win. Cardia won his match, 11-0, but it wasn’t enough the Huskies (3-7).

Sacred Heart took an early 9-0 lead with wins from Brandon Levesque (165), Newtown native Joe Accousti (174) and Kyle Davis (184) with a 7-5 overtime win over No. 11 ranked Trevor Allard.

Davis’ win was huge for the Pioneers and handed Allard (11-2) just his second loss of the season. Trailing by two, Davis got a takedown in the final seconds of the second period to tie the match at 3-3.

Davis got a takedown with 31 seconds left to take a 5-3 lead but Allard escaped to cut the lead to one, 5-4. Allard picked up a point for riding time to tie the match at 5-5. But in overtime, it was Davis with the takedown for the win.

It was the second time this season that Sacred Heart has won by a point. The Pioneers beat Franklin & Marshall, 18-17, in January.

Sacred Heart (7-3, 2-2 EIWA) returns to action next Sunday, February 16 when they Pioneers host Columbia (4-2, 4-3 EIWA) in an EIWA match beginning at 2 p.m. in the Pitt Center.

Sacred Heart 18, Bloomsburg 17
At Fairfield
165: Brandon Levesque (SH) dec. Nate Newberry, 9-2; 174: Joe Accousti (SH) dec. Anthony Vetrano, 3-2; 184: Kyle Davis (SH) dec. Trevor Allard, 7-5; 197: Kyle Murphy (B) dec. Robert Hetherman, 3-1; 285: Connor Fredericks (SH) dec. Jarrett Walters, 6-4; 125: Christian Garrone (B) dec. Sean Faraon, 11-1; 133: Josh Mason (B) pin Kyle Randall, 0:15; 141: Gerard Daly (SH) dec. Marlon Argueta-Diaz, 11-8; 148: Nick Palumbo (SH) dec. Aaron Coleman, 8-4; 157: Alex Cardia (B) dec. Shaun Williams, 11-0
Records: Sacred Heart 7-3, Bloomsburg 3-7

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.

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