FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart wrestling team started strong Sunday against the Army Black Knights at the Pitt Center, but fell 30-7 in the dual meet.
In the opening bout at 125 pounds, Patrick Skinner took a 2-0 lead two minutes into the match. Sean Badua responded with an escape and a late takedown to take a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period. Badua took an 8-2 lead in the second before a Skinner reversal made the score 8-4. Skinner escaped to make the score 8-5 to start the third, but Badua earned another takedown and back points to win the match 12-5. The Pioneers responded in the 133 pound match, as Tim Johnson earned a dominating 9-0 major decision victory over Army's Christian Doyle. Johnson led 5-0 after the first period, with his win giving Sacred Heart a 4-3 lead in the dual.
Army regained the lead at 141 as Logan Everett earned a 20-5 technical fall victory over Jay Oakes, making the score 8-4. Sacred Heart earned its second bout win at 149 pounds. Brendan Goldup broke a 2-2 tie with Andrew Mendel in the second period with a takedown and back points to go up 7-2. Goldup won the match 8-4, making the dual score 8-7. Russell Parsons gave Army an 8-3 win over Casey Mitchell at 157 pounds, as Cole Gracey's technical fall victory over Johnny Vrasidas at 165 gave the Black Knights a 16-7 lead in the match.
Conan Schuster wrestled hard in the 174 pound match against Brian Harvey, but fell victim to a reversal and a takedown in a 4-0 loss. Elliott Antler and Samson Imonode wrestled to a 3-3 tie after the first period of the 184 pound bout. Imonode escaped to start the second period, taking a 4-3 lead. Antler did the same to start the third, tying the bout 4-4. Imonode tookdown Antler to take a 6-4 lead. Antler earned an escape in the final minute to make the score 6-5, but didn't get any closer. In the final two matches, Bryce Barnes won by pin in the third period at 197 pounds and the heavyweight bout was called in Army's favor due to injury.
The Pioneers are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 17 when Sacred Heart travels to Lewisburg, Pa. to face Bucknell and George Mason.
Army 34, SHU 7
125: S. Badua (ARMY) def. P. Skinner (SHU) 12-5
133: T. Johnson (SHU) def. C. Doyle (ARMY) 9-0 Major Decision
141: L. Everett (ARMY) def. J. Oakes (SHU) 20-5 Tech. Fall
149: B. Goldup (SHU) def. A. Mendel (ARMY) 8-4
157: R. Parsons (ARMY) def. C. Mitchell (SHU) 8-3
165: C. Gracey (ARMY) def. J. Vrasidas (SHU) 15-0 Tech. Fall
174: B. Harvey (ARMY) def. C. Schuster (SHU) 4-0
184: S. Imonode (ARMY) def. E. Antler (SHU) 6-5
197: B. Barnes (ARMY) def. S. Oliinyk (SHU) pin 5:19
HWT: T. McLees (ARMY) over D. Hayden (SHU) injury