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Sacred Heart wrestlers earn All-American honors at national tournament

The first-year Sacred Heart women’s wrestling team has three NCWWC All-Americans: Madison Sandquist (143, left), Jacklyn Smith (170, center) and Temi Sanusi (143, right). Photos courtesy Sacred Heart Sports Information)

Three of the four wrestlers that the Sacred Heart women’s wrestling team has competing at the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships (NCWWC) in Adrian, Michigan earned All-American honors on Friday.

Freshmen Madison Sandquist (143), Temi Sanusi (143) and Bridgeport’s Jacklyn Smith (170) have earned All-American honors. Sanusi and Smith will wrestle for seventh place on Saturday while Sandquist is in the consolation semifinals and will finish between third and sixth place.

Ashley Reed of Southington (191) went 1-2 in the tournament and did not place.

Sandquist went 4-1 on the day with two pins. She won her first two matches before losing to top seed Alara Boyd of McKendree in the quarterfinals by technical fall. But Sandquist won her next two matches with a pin and an 11-7 win over Kim Nunez of North Central College (Illinois) to advance to the consolation semifinals.

Sanusi and Smith each went 2-2 on Friday to end up in the seventh place bouts.

The Pioneers, a first-year program, are 14th in the field of 28 teams with 22½ points. McKendree University (Illinois) leads the tournament with 158 points with King University out of Tennessee in second place with 132½. Simon Fraser University from the Canadian province of British Columbia is third with 119 points.

Wrestling resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the consolation round matches.

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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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