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With two champions and seven finalists, Sacred Heart wins at ESU Open

All-American Madison Sandquist won her fourth collegiate tournament on Sunday to help the Pioneers win the ESU Open. (Photo courtesy Sacred Heart University athletics)

With two individual champions and seven finalists, No. 5 Sacred Heart won their first tournament by capturing the East Stroudsburg Open freestyle tournament Sunday in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Three other teams in the top 10 of the National Wrestling Coaches Association preseason poll were in the tournament along with high school powerhouse Wyoming Seminary.

In her first match for the Pioneers, Love Daly won the 170 pound title, going 4-0 and beating All-American teammate Cara Broadus (Plymouth) in the title match. Junior Madison Sandquist also went 4-0 and won a championship at 155 pounds with a pin over teammate Tayla Tildsley. Sandquist won her fourth collegiate tournament with the win.

Sacred Heart beat No. 2 King University of Bristol, Tenn., by a score of 58-46. Wyoming Seminary was third with 26 points, followed by No. 7 East Stroudsburg with 25 and No. 6 Gannon University with 15.

Ashia Torees (109), Temi Sanusi (143) and Madeline Hodge (191) each finished second with Veronica Whitacre (136) taking third place. Sacred Heart did have multiple wrestlers in some weight classes.

Sacred Heart returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 12, when they travel to Iowa to face the Hawkeyes, Presbyterian College and Lindenwood University in the Trailblazer Duals beginning at 11 a.m.

2023 East Stroudsburg Open
At East Stroudsburg, Pa.
Team results – Sacred Heart 58, 2. King University-Bristol, Tenn. 46, 3. Wyoming Seminary 26, 4. East Stroudsburg University 19, 5. Gannon University-Erie, PA 15, 6. New Jersey City University 10, 7. Unattached wrestlers 10, 8. Elmira 9, 9. York College 5, 10. East Stroudsburg unattached and High Point Regional High-Wantage NJ 3, 12. Erie Sports Center-Ashley OH 2, 13. Alvernia University and New England College 1.
Championship matches
101 Mia Zuniga (King University) tech fall Olivia Klein (East Stroudsburg)  10-0, 4:26
109 Rianne Murphy (Wyoming Seminary) dec. Ahsia Torres Perth (Sacred Heart), 7-6
116 Clare Booe (Wyoming Seminary) dec. Melanie Mendoza (King University), 8-2
123 Virginia Foard (King University) pin Montana Delawder (King University), 3:34
130 Maria Victoria Baez Dilone (King University) tech fall Taina McGowan (Wyoming Seminary), 10-0, 2:06
136 Claire Dicugno (King University) pin Isis France (Wyoming Seminary), 2:05
143 Lili Ujfalvi (Gannon University) dec. Khadijah Sanusi (Sacred Heart), 4-2
155 Madison Sandquist (Sacred Heart) pin Tayla Tildsley (Sacred Heart), 1:04
170 Love Daley (Sacred Heart) pin Cara Broadus (Sacred Heart), 2:14
191 Sandra Guerrero (New Jersey City University) pin Madeline Hodges (Sacred Heart), 1:04
Third place
101 Avery Kibelbek (King University) pin Aaliyah Payne-Parris (Sacred Heart), 4:13
109 Alyssa Guardiola (King University) dec. Tiana Savino (ESU – Unattached), 4-4
116 Izabella Frezzo (New Jersey City University) tech fall Emily Klein (East Stroudsburg) 10-0 3:25
123 Sierra Cheisa (unattached) dec. Alexandra Fitzgerald (Sacred Heart), 10-2
130 Hannah Lawrence (Wyoming Seminary) dec. Gabby Bradigan (Elmira College), 4-2
136 Veronica Whitacre (Sacred Heart) tech fall Aliza Leander Kailua (Sacred Heart), 10-0 1:58
143 Katie Brensinger (unattached) pin Ella Poalillo (High Point HS), 2:25
155 Skylah Chakouian (Elmira College) pin Paityn Delong (East Stroudsburg) 3:22
170 Annabelle Helm (Gannon University) default Jewel Gonzalez (Gannon University)
191 Allison Brandt (York College) pin Ariel Ofri-Akman (East Stroudsburg) 5:58
Fifth place
101 Chloe Kitagawa (Gannon University) tech fall Nevaeh Blevins (Alvernia), 10-0 1:26
109 Samantha Yap (Sacred Heart) tech fall Taylor Mccormick (Sacred Heart), 10-0 2:41
116 Nohea Moniz (Sacred Heart) pin Alanna Barberio (East Stroudsburg) 2:02
123 Jackeline Ramos Oviedo (East Stroudsburg) NC Mia Macaluso (East Stroudsburg)
130 Anna Dicugno (King University) pin Baley Trang (Sacred Heart), 1:40
136 Zoe Gress (East Stroudsburg) pin Kayla Zeppetelli (New Jersey City University), 2:41
143 Zoey Lints (Elmira College) pin Maura White (York College), 1:01
155 Charlotte Gilfoil (unattached) tech fall Kathryn Vogt-shields (Sacred Heart), 10-0 2:11
170 Alex Alli (Erie Sports Center) dec. Selena Sifuentes Shaffer (Sacred Heart), 10-1
191 Alexa Garcia (King University) pin Zoe Waters (New England College), 0:59

Tournament results and brackets


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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