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Two wrestlers and Sacred Heart women’s wrestling team ranked in NCAA poll

Two Sacred Heart wrestlers are nationally ranked and the Pioneers are tied for 11th place in the second NCAA women’s wrestling coaches poll of the season, as compiled by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Sacred Heart freshman Maddie Sandquist (143), who has won two tournaments and is 9-2 with four pins, is ranked No. 5 at 143 pounds. Ashley Reed of Southington is ranked No. 6 at 191 after winning her first collegiate tournament in East Stroudsburg. Reed is 3-0 with one pin.

Sacred Heart hasn’t wrestled a dual meet yet but they have competed in three tournaments, The Pioneers were fourth at the Lindenwood Open in Missouri in November. They also finished sixth at East Stroudsburg Open and eighth at the Adrian (MI) Open.

The Pioneers are tied for 11th in the poll with Tiffin University (Ohio) and Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

King University (Bristol, Tenn.) moved to the top spot over two-time defending national champion McKendree University (Lebanon, Ill.) while North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) jumped into the top five.

King and McKendree are still the top two teams in the poll, with the Tornado taking over the top spot with 101 points while McKendree has 94 points. Each school has 13 individuals ranked while North Central is the only other institution with at least ten individuals ranked at 12 as they jumped from seventh to tied for third in the latest poll with 70 points.

Simon Fraser University (Burnabee, British Columbia) also has 70 points with six individuals ranked, while Colorado Mesa University rounds out the top five with 51 points and seven ranked individuals.

NCAA women’s wrestling poll
Month 1, Dec. 2, 2021
Top 10 results: 1. King, 101, 2. McKendree, 94, 3. (tie) North Central and Simon Fraser, 70, 5. Colorado Mesa, 51, 6. Augsburg, 35, 7. Presbyterian, 29, 8. Emmanuel, 28, 9. Gannon, 21, 10. Adrian, 16
Also receiving votes: 11. (tie) Tiffin, UW-Stevens Point, Sacred Heart, 13; 14. New Jersey City, 11; 15. (tie) Schreiner, East Stroudsburg, William Jewell, Lock Haven, 3

Individual rankings as of Dec. 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.

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