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No. 11 Sacred Heart picks up two wins in first-ever home matches

The Sacred Heart women’s wrestling team hosted their first dual meet at the Pitt Center in Fairfield on Monday, winning a pair. Freshman Madison Sandquist (with scissors) and Ashley Reed help cut the ribbon before the match. (Photo courtesy Sacred Heart wrestling.

No. 11 Sacred Heart picked up another two wins as the women’s wrestling program hosted their first-ever dual meet on Monday at the Pitt Center in Fairfield.

The Pioneers erased a 16-point deficit and scored 23 unanswered points to beat Elmira College, 23-16 in the first-ever women’s dual meet at home. In the second match, Sacred Heart (3-1) beat No. 14 New Jersey City University for the second time in a week with a 25-15 victory. The Pioneers scored the final 25 points of the match to secure the win.

Sacred Heart won three of the four matches contested against Elmira (2-5) with Savannah Vanse of NFA (136) picking up a 10-point victory, No. 5 Madison Sandquist beating Skylah Chakouian, 8-4 and Jacklyn Smith of Trumbull (170) pinning Hazel Dahlquist in 31 seconds. It was third pin of the season for Smith and her fastest to date.

New Jersey City had a 15-0 lead thanks to two forfeits and a NJCU pin but Vanse got the Pioneers (136) on the board with a forfeit. Tays Pascual (143) pinned New Jersey City’s Lockslea Mayers for the second time in a week to cut the lead to 15-11.

Sandquist picked up her seventh pin of the season by putting Patience Hevi on the mat in 1:02 to give the Pioneers at 16-15 advantage. Smith picked up a forfeit at 170 and No. 6 Ashley Reed of Southington pinned No. 7 Sandy Guerrero at 191 pounds in 1:35 to secure the victory.

Reed improved to 4-0 with three pins in dual meets while Sandquist is 3-1 with one pin. Vanese is also 3-1 in dual meets. It was the only scheduled dual meet of the season at home for Sacred Heart.

The Pioneers are off for the Christmas holiday and will return to action January 8 when they travel to Delaware Valley in Doylestown, Pa., to face the Rams and NJCU. 

(11) Sacred Heart 23, Elmira College 16
At Fairfield
101: no contest
109: no contest
116: Lily Rabine (EC) forfeit
123: Maylin Reyes (EC) forfeit
130: Merci Jessop (EC) pin Ayeska Zanetti, 1:38
136: Savannah Vanse (SH) dec. Kayla Lanning, 15-5
143: Tays Pascual (SH) forfeit
155: (5) Madison Sandquist (SH) dec. Skylah Chakouian, 8-4
170: Jacklyn Smith (SH) pin Hazel Dahlquist, 0:31
191: (6) Ashley Reed (SH) forfeit
Records: Sacred Heart 2-1, Elmira 1-5
NEC Front Row webcast; Match begins at 16:30

(11) Sacred Heart 25, (14) New Jersey City University 15
At Fairfield
101: No contest
109: Bella Frezzo (NJ) forfeit
116: Victoria Devoto (NJ) forfeit
123: no contest
130: (5) Naomi Henry (NJ) pin Ayeska Zanetti, 0:44
136: Savannah Vanse (SH) forfeit
143: Tays Pascual (SH) pin Lockslea Mayers, 1:21
155: (5) Madison Sandquist (SH) pin Patience Hevi, 1:02
170: Jacklyn Smith (SH) forfeit
191: (6) Ashley Reed (SH) pin (7) Sandy Guerrero, 1:35
Records: Sacred Heart 3-1, New Jersey City 1-3
NEC Front Row broadcast; Match begins at

Elmira College 25, New Jersey City 20
At Fairfield
Records: Elmira 2-5, New Jersey City 1-4

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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