FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart wrestling team was dominant Saturday night, earning six bonus-point wins in a 44-3 rout of the Davidson Wildcats at the Pitt Center for Pioneerpalooza.
Nine out of the ten wrestlers for Sacred Heart finished with a win, with three of them resulting in pins. Gerard Daly started off the night in the 125-pound class with two takedowns of Zamir Ode and ending it with a pin in the first period, giving Sacred Heart a 6-0 lead in the dual. The Pioneers then took the next two matches by forfeit to go up 18-0. At 149, Brandon Leveque earned two takedowns early and cruised to an 8-2 win that put the Pioneers ahead 21-0.
Johnny Vrasidas pinned his opponent, Zach Colangelo, in 1:44 to make the dual score 27-3 after the 165-pound match. In the 174 match, Conan Schuster dominated Nathaniel Powers with three four-point near falls and two takedowns, giving him an impressive victory by technical fall 16-0 in the second period. Sasha Olinkyk, in the 197-pound match, pinned Konner Pritchard in the second period. The last match of the night was in the heavyweight class with Ray Sherwood going against Will Cooley. The match was longest of the night as Sherwood and Cooley would go into overtime. Sherwood won the match 4-3 with a takedown in the second overtime.
"Our guys got there and attacked immediately," said head coach Andy Lausier. "When we started with #3 Michigan and #12 NC State, that made us better. It set the stage for our training and the rest of the season. Tonight they showed it in front of this great crowd."
Lauiser also thanked the home crowd for giving the team an advantage with the big event.
"A huge shoutout to (Assistant) Coach Derek Moore," added Lausier. "He put in endless effort to promote tonight. I hope the SHU community had a blast."
The Pioneers are back in action December 28 at the Wilkes Open.
Sacred Heart 44, Davidson 3
125: Gerard Daly (SHU) pins Zamir Ode (Davidson) 2:39 (SHU 6-0)
133: Patrick Skinner (SHU) wins by forfeit (SHU 12-0)
141: Alex Harnsberger (SHU) wins by forfeit (SHU 18-0)
149: Brandon Leveque (SHU) def. Aiden Conroy (Davidson) 8-2 (SHU 21-0)
157: Tony Palumbo (Davidson) def. Matt Fisher (SHU) 12-6 (SHU 21-3)
165: Johnny Vrasidas (SHU) pins Zach Colangelo (Davidson) 1:44 (SHU 27-3)
174: Conan Schuster (SHU) def. Nathaniel Powers (Davidson) by tech. fall 3:52 (SHU 32-3)
184: Elliott Antler (SHU) def. Konner Pritchard (Davidson) 4-1 (SHU 35-3)
197: Sasha Oliinyk (SHU) pins Ryan Devlin (Davidson) 4:41 (SHU 41-3)
HWT: Ray Sherwood (SHU) def. Will Cooley (Davidson) 4-3 2OT (SHU 44-3)