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Sacred Heart match postponed; Camacho helps No. 3 Wolfpack remain unbeaten

Sophomore Jakob Camacho of No. 3 North Carolina State, right, shown against Pitt earlier this month, remained unbeaten with a win Friday night against North Carolina. (Photo courtesy North Carolina State Wrestling)

The Sacred Heart University wrestling team was hoping to wrestle Hofstra on Friday night at the Pitt Center but the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) match was postponed due to some positive COVID-19 tests within the Hofstra program.

The two rivals will just have to wait a few more days to roll on the mat.

The match was postponed until Tuesday, February 9 in Fairfield. Hofstra (1-1, 1-1 EIWA) received two votes in the most recent National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I poll.

Sacred Heart won’t have to wait 11 days to wrestle again. The Pioneers (0-2, 0-1 EIWA) have secured a date with Drexel next Friday night, February 5, at the Pitt Center, according to SHU head coach John Clark.

In this COVID-19 pandemic, all matches are considered tentative based on the health of the athletes and coaches.

Two Danbury wrestlers start for No. 3 North Carolina State
CHAPEL HILL, Jan. 29, 2021 – For the second time this season, two former Danbury High wrestlers were in the starting lineup for No. 3 North Carolina State, which beat No. 14 North Carolina, 28-10 in an Atlantic Coast Conference match on Friday night.

Freshman Ryan Jack (133) got his second dual meet start of the season while sophomore Jakob Camacho remained undefeated with a victory at 125 pounds.

The Wolfpack (5-0) have won 22 dual meets in a row, the longest current winning streak in the nation. North Carolina State won seven of 10 matches with a pin and two technical falls.

Camcho, who is ranked No. 4 in the country, opened the dual meet with a 21-4 win over freshman Julian Tagg thanks to multiple four-point falls in the third period. Camacho improves to 6-0 on the season with his first tech fall of the year.

Jack faced North Carolina’s Jaime Hernandez, who is ranked No. 11 in the nation, and dropped a 3-2 decision. Hernandez got a one-point escape early in the third period and held Jack at bay to earn the victory. Jack slips to 6-2 on the season.

North Carolina State returns to action next Friday night when they take on No. 8 Virginia Tech at 6 p.m. on the road. The match will be televised on the ACC Network.

North Carolina State 28, North Carolina 10
At Chapel Hill, N.C.

125: #4 Jakob Camacho (NCS) tech fall Julian Tagg; 21-4
133: #11 Jamie Hernandez (NC) dec. Ryan Jack; 3-2
141: #11 Tariq Wilson (NCS) dec. #10 Zach Sherman; 9-6
149: #1 Austin O’Connor (NC) major dec. Ed Scott; 11-3
157: #2 Hayden Hidlay (NCS) tech fall Josh McClure; 20-5
165: #8 Kennedy Monday (NC) dec. #14 Thomas Bullard; 4-2
174: #11 Daniel Bullard (NCS) dec. #9 Devin Kane; 7-4
184: #4 Trent Hidlay (NCS) dec. #15 Clay Lautt; 5-1
197: #17 Isaac Trumble (NCS) pin Max Shaw; 4:59
285: #18 Deonte Wilson (NCS) dec. Andrew Gunning; 6-1
Records: North Carolina State 5-0, 3-0 ACC; North Carolina 2-1, 1-1 ACC

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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