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No. 6 Pioneers celebrate a championship, pick up three wins

No. 6 Sacred Heart won three times on Sunday to extend their winning streak to seven matches. (Greg Vasil photo courtesy Sacred Heart Athletics)

The No. 6 Sacred Heart women’s wrestling team hosted their first matches of the season at the Pitt Center in Fairfield on Sunday and took the occasion to raise a championship banner into the rafters.

Sacred Heart (8-2) beat Delaware Valley, 46-1, New England College, 48-0 and No. 7 Lock Haven, 28-19 after they raised their National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships (NCWWC) Region I championship banner.

With 15 medalists, the Pioneers captured their first regional championship last March at Gannon University. The tournament was one of five regional tournaments that qualified wrestlers for the national championship meet.

After celebrating a regional championship, the Pioneers got to work and picked up three victories to extend their winning streak to seven.

Sacred Heart had five pins and four technical falls in a big win over Delaware Valley. Thanks to six forfeits and a pair of pins, the Pioneers easily handled New England College.

Lock Haven had an 18-15 lead after seven of 10 matches but the Pioneers won the final three matches of the dual meet to secure an nine-point victory. Madison Sandquist (155) won by pin to put Sacred Heart ahead for good, 20-18 before Love Daley (170) secured the victory win a pin in 47 seconds.

Jacklyn Smith, wrestling for the first time this season, closed out the victory with a decision. Smith, who is from Trumbull, went 3-0 on the day with a pin.

Aaliyah Payne-Parris (101), Nohea Moniz (116), Sandquist and Smith each had three wins on the day. Moniz and Sandquist, who has a team-high 16 wins, had two pins each. Sandquist is 16-2 on the season with Love Dailey (170) having an 11-4 record and Plymouth’s Cara Broadus (170) with an 11-3 mark.

Sacred Heart will return to the mat on January 5 when they travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa to compete in the NWCA National Duals.

(6) Sacred Heart 46, Delaware Valley 1
(6) Sacred Heart 48, New England College 0
(6) Sacred Heart 28, (7) Lock Haven 19
(7) Lock Haven 45, New England College 3
(7) Lock Haven 37, Delaware Valley 5
Delaware Valley 45, New England College 0

(6) Sacred Heart 46, Delaware Valley 1
At Fairfield
101: Aaliyah Payne-Parris (SH) tech fall Jesenia Camargo, 10-0
109: Ahsia Torres forfeit
116: Nohea Moniz (SH) pin Josey Wehr, 2:30
123: Alexandra Fitzgerald (SH) pin Bridgette Schoultz, 1:12
130: Bayley Trang (SH) pin Carmela Velasco, 1:16
136: Aliza Leander (SH) tech fall Layla Weiss, 11-0
143: Temi Sanusi (SH) tech fall Lilly Kinder, 14-3
155: Madison Sandquist (SH) pin Gabriella Reid, 0:54
170: Love Daley (SH) tech fall Kathryn Martin, 10-0
191: Jacklyn Smith (SH) pin Sophia Pollack, 0:35

(6) Sacred Heart 48, New England College 0
At Fairfield
101: Aaliyah Payne-Parris (SH) forfeit
109: Ahsia Torres (SH) forfeit
116: Nohea Moniz (SH) forfeit
123: Elleahna Anderson (SH) pin Olivia Delegas, 2:38
130: Bayley Trang (SH) forfeit
136: Aliza Leander (SH) forfeit
143: Julia Mullane (SH) tech fall Olivia Wojtusik, 10-0
155: Madison Sandquist (SH) forfeit
170: Cara Broadus (SH) pin Rebecca Eaton, 1:59
191: Jacklyn Smith (SH) tech fall Zoe Waters, 10-0

(6) Sacred Heart 28, (7) Lock Haven 19
At Fairfield
101: Aaliyah Payne-Parris (SH) tech fall Emma Heslin, 10-0
109: Kaelani Shufeldt (LH) pin Ahsia Torres, 3:36
116: Nohea Moniz (SH) pin Jaylean Pletz, 4:05
123: Alexandra Fitzgerald (SH) forfeit
130: Lillian Sherer (LH) tech fall Bayley Trang, 12-2
136: Madison Matta (LH) pin Aliza Leander, 3:28
143: Grace Stem (LH) tech fall Temi Sanus, 10-0
155: Madison Sandquist (SH) pin Paige Jackson, 1:14
170: Love Daley (SH) pin Azariah Moore, 0:47
191: Jacklyn Smith (SH) dec. Trinity Monagan, 8-1
Records: Sacred Heart 8-2; Lock Haven 3-1

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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