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No. 5 Sacred Heart has five medalists at Missouri Valley Open

No. 5 Sacred Heart had five wrestlers win medals for finishing in the top eight of their respective weight classes at the Missouri Valley Open Saturday in Marshall, Missouri.

Madison Sandquist finished second at 155 pounds, falling in the finals to Southern Oregon’s Caitlyn Davis, 7-2. Madeline Hodges (191) and Alexander Fitzgerald (123) each finished fifth with Khadijah Sanusi (143) and Love Daley (170) each finished eighth. Cara Broadus (170) and Tayla Tildsley (155) didn’t place but each won at least three matches in the tournament.

No. 1 Iowa dominated the tournament with six individual champions and four wrestlers that finished second. The tournament, one of the largest and most competitive women’s events in the nation, featured 461 athletes from 39 NCAA and NAIA teams. Defending NAIA champion Southern Oregon had two individual champions.

Sandquist (9-2, 4 pins) won four straight matches with a pin and two technical falls to reach the championship match. She beat Josselinne Campos, an unattached wrestler from Kentucky, in the semifinals, 8-3. But Sandquist lost in the final to Davis, 7-2.

Sandquist is the first Sacred Heart wrestler to earn a spot in the final at the Missouri Valley Open.

Hodges (10-3, 1 pin) didn’t give up a point in her first three victories in the tournament with a pair of technical falls and a pin. But she lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Julia Richey of Simon Fraser University from British Columbia, 4-1.

After a 7-0 loss to Iowa’s Jaycee Foeller in the consolation semifinals, Hodges rebounded to finish fifth with a 5-3 win over Cumberland’s Noami Duenas.

Fitzgerald (9-4, 7 pins) won her first two matches by pin before dropping a 10-8 decision to Ella Jauregui from California. In the consolation bracket, Fitzgerald won five of her six matches with four pins to finish fifth and 7-2 in the tournament.

Sanusi won three bouts in the consolation round and finished 5-3 in the tournament to take eighth at 143 pounds. Daley (8-3, 3 pins) was 3-3 in the tournament with two pins to finish eighth at 170 pounds.

Broadus went 4-2 with two pins at 170 with Tildsley going 3-2 with a pin at 155. Ahsia Torres (109), Nohea Moniz (116) and Bayley Trang (130) each won at least two matches.

Sacred Heart returns to the action on Sunday, Dec. 3 when they travel to East Stroudsburg, Pa., for the Northeast Duals championship tournament.

Missouri Valley Open
At Marshall, Missouri
Team scores – No team scores compiled
Individual results
Final: Sterling Dias (Iowa) dec. Emilie Gonzalez (Iowa), 6-6
3. Stefana Jelacic (Lourdes) pin Alyssa Quezaire (Missouri Baptist), 1:35
5. Esther Walker (Midland University) tech fall Abbeygael Cabaug (Vanguard), 10-0
7. Juliana Alejandro (Tiffin University) dec. Isabella Morales (Colorado Mesa), 4-2
Final: Mia Palumbo (William Penn) dec. Ava Bayless (Iowa), 2-1
3. Alexsys Jacquez (University of Saint Mary) dec. Emma Baertlein (Southern Oregon), 5-1
5. Natalie Reyna (Southern Oregon) dec. Elizabeth Dosado (University of the Cumberlands), 8-5
7. Adriana Gomez (Colorado Mesa) dec. Kylee Slyter (Baker University), 10-8
Final: Brianna Gonzalez (Iowa) dec. Salyna Shotwell (McKendree University), 8-0
3. Payton Stroud (McKendree) pin Avery Ashley (Oklahoma City), 2:24
5. Camille Fournier (Texas Wesleyan) pin Maddie Mackenzie (Simon Fraser University), 4:04
7. Icart Galumette (Campbellsville) dec. Katerina Pendergrass (Gannon University), 8-2
Final: Felicity Taylor (Iowa) dec. Sophia Smith (Oklahoma City), 8-0
3. Carissa Qureshi (Unattached – California) dec. Shelby Moore (McKendree), 10-1
5. Alexandra Fitzgerald (Sacred Heart) pin Ella Jauregui (Unattached – California), 2:50
7. Victoria Seal (Simon Fraser University) tech fall Julia Vidallon (McKendree), 12-2
Final: Carolina Moreno (Southern Oregon) dec. Elizabeth Duvall (Texas Wesleyan, 6-2
3. Jennifer Soto (McKendree) dec. Bella Williams (Unattached – Oklahoma), 4-2
5. Joanna Vanderwood (William Penn) and Devin Patton (William Penn) (DFF)
7. Skye Realin (Central Methodist) tech fall Piper Cadden (Unattached- Kansas), 10-0
Final: Esther Han (Iowa) pin Gianna Moreno (Friends University), 4:18
3. Alexandra Szkotnicki (McKendree) tech fall Janiah Jones (Unattached – Missouri), 11-0
5. Piper Hall (Vanguard) tech fall Aileen Lester (Ottawa University), 11-0
7. Jade Trolland (Simon Fraser) dec. Mattison Parker (Texas Wesleyan), 6-6
Final: Reese Larramendy (Iowa) dec. Mea Mohler (Texas Wesleyan), 5-1
3. Emma Walker (Campbellsville) pin Ella Schmit (Iowa), 2:27
5. Bella Amaro (Southern Oregon) pin Reagen Gallaway (Hastings), 6:00
7. Serenity De La Garza (Missouri Valley College) pin Khadijah Sanusi (Sacred Heart), 1:08
Final: Caitlyn Davis (Southern Oregon) dec. Madison Sandquist (Sacred Heart), 7-2
3. Destiny Rodriguez (McKendree) tech fall Paige Maher (Simon Fraser), 10-0
5. Athena Willden (William Jewell College) pin Josselinne Campos (Unattached – Kentucky), 0:59
7. Taydem Khamjoi (Unattached – California) tech fall Sheanareial (Nari) Miller (Texas Womens University), 13-2
Final: Dymond Guilford (Unattached – California) dec. Kylie Welker (Iowa), 4-2
3. Haley Ward (Iowa) dec. Lily El-Masri (Vanguard), 8-6
5. Jewel Gonzalez (Gannon) tech fall Annabelle Helm (Gannon), 11-0
7. Abby McIntyre (Grand View) pin Love Daley (Sacred Heart), 1:34
Final: Julia Richey (Simon Fraser) tech fall Alivia White (Iowa), 12-0
3. Jaycee Foeller (Unattached – Iowa) pin Lessly Sandoval (University of Saint Mary), 2:28
5. Madeline Hodges (Sacred Heart) dec. Noami Duenas (University of the Cumberlands), 5-3
7. Andjela Prijovic (Unattached – Iowa) pin Elisa Robinson (Baker University), 1:21
Final: Samantha Calkins (Iowa) dec. Isabeau Shalack (Colorado Mesa), 5-2
3. Payton Sholander (Wayland Baptist) pin Jaycee Portee (Texas Woman’s University), 0:30
5. Aaliyah Ivarra (Avila) won by forfeit over Asia Young (Central College) (FF)
7. Martha Vizcarra (Baker University) dec. Rose Rother (Iowa Central Community College), 4-0

2023 Missouri Valley Open brackets and results

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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