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No. 14 Pioneers close out dual meet season with winning record

Freshman Jacklyn Smith of Bridgeport had a pair of wins this weekend as the Sacred Heart women’s wrestling team completed their dual meet season. (Photo courtesy Sacred Heart Athletics)

The No. 14 Sacred Heart women’s wrestling team closed out their first dual meet season with a win and a loss Sunday at Lock Haven University.

The Pioneers (6-4) had two pins and picked up three forfeits in a 25-9 win over Hiram College.

In the second mat of the afternoon, East Stroudsburg State picked up 15 points on three forfeits and outlasted the Pioneers, 25-17. In the six bouts contested on the mat, Sacred Heart outscored East Stroudsburg, 17-12.

Southington freshman Ashley Reed (191) finished the dual meet undefeated at 8-0 thanks to a 6-0 decision over East Stroudsburg’s Shola Cascan and her sixth pin of the season in a 49 second win over Hiram’s JoRee Ybarra.

Reed, who is ranked No. 6 in the country at 191 pounds, is currently 12-3 overall.

Freshman Madison Sandquist, who is ranked No. 8 in the country at 143, picked up a pair of wins at 155 to finish the dual meet season with an 8-2 record. She picked up a forfeit win against Hiram and pinned Rachel DeGiulio of East Stroudsburg State in 48 seconds. It was the sixth pin of the year for Sandquist, who is 18-5 overall.

Sacred Heart’s Jacklyn Smith, a freshman from Bridgeport, picked up a pair of pins and finished the dual meet season with a 5-1 record. She is 10-7 overall.

Savannah Vanage, the freshman from NFA, won two matches at 136 pounds with a forfeit and a tech fall win over East Stroudsburg’s Avery Meyers.

With the dual meet season behind them, the Pioneers, who are ranked No. 14 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s (NWCA) team rankings (NCAA Division), will compete on Sunday at the Northeast Regional championship meet at Gannon University in Erie, Pa.

The top five finishers in each weight class will advance to the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Coalition (NCWWC) championship meet at Adrian (Mich.) College on March 4-5.

(14) Sacred Heart 25, Hiram College 9
At Lock Haven, Pa.
101: no match
109: Kylee Bentley (H) forfeit
116: no match
123: no match
130: Bethany Smith (H) tech fall Ayeska Zanetti, 12-2 in 4:26
136: Savannah Vanage (SH) forfeit
143: Temi Sanusi (SH) forfeit
155: (8) Madison Sandsquist (SH) forfeit
170: Jacklyn Smith (SH) pin Kinora Hayes, 0:47
191: (6) Ashley Reed (SH) pin JoRee Ybarra, 0:49
Records: Sacred Heart 6-3, Hiram College 0-7

East Stroudsburg State 25, (14) Sacred Heart 17
At Lock Haven, Pa.
101: no contest
109: Janieliz Cotto (ES) forfeit
116: Alanna Barnerio (ES) forfeit
123: Carmella Cancelmo (ES) forfeit
130: Mia Macaluso (ES) tech fall Ayeska Zanetti, 11-0 in 0:28
136: Savannah Vanage (SH) tech fall Avery Meyers, 12-2 in 3:04
143: Avia Bibeau (ES) pin Temi Sanusi, 0:34
155: (8) Madison Sandquist (SH) pin Rachel DeGiulio, 0:48
170: Jacklyn Smith (SH) pin Bri Simsic, 1:07
191: (6) Ashley Reed (SH) dec. Shola Cascan, 6-0
Records: Sacred Heart 6-4, East Stroudsburg 9-2

Extra matches
130: Carmela Cancelmo (EH) pin Ayeska Zanetti, 0:51
143: Savannah Vanase (SH) pin Cameron Nunez, 2:27

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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