FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart wrestling team opened a stretch of four consecutive home dual matches Saturday with a 23-18 loss to the VMI Keydets at the Pitt Center.
The Pioneers got off to a shaky start as VMI won the first three matches to take a 12-0 lead in the dual. Brandon Levesque gave Sacred Heart its first points in exciting fashion in the 149-pound match. Trailing 5-2 against Emmitt Kelly heading into the third period, Levesque earned an escape and a takedown to force overtime at 5-5. Levesque then pinned Kelly 0:20 into overtime to give SHU six key points and cut VMI's lead in half.
The Keydets then won the next three matches, two by major decision, to take a commanding 23-6 lead. The Pioneers did rally back, starting with Mark Boyle's 10-4 win over Derek Thurman at 184 to make the score 23-9. Sasha Oliinyk pinned Taylor Thomas in the 197-pound bout to put the score at 23-15. In the final match of the dual, Duke Sherwood defeated Sivaatasi Mathias 3-1 to make the final score 23-18.
Sacred Heart is back in action on Saturday, January 16 when it hosts Buffalo at 7 p.m.
VMI 23, Sacred Heart 18
125: Dalton Henderson (VMI) def. Gerard Daly (SHU) 9-6 (3-0 VMI)
133: Benjamin Pachello (VMI) pins Tim Johnson (SHU) 2:51 (9-0 VMI)
141: Hunter Starner (VMI) def. Alex Harnsberger (SHU) 5-4 (12-0 VMI)
149: Brandon Levesque (SHU) pins Emmitt Kelly (VMI) 7:20 (12-6 VMI)
157: Neal Richards (VMI) def. Matt Fisher (SHU) 18-6 major decision (16-6 VMI)
165: Shabaka Johns (VMI) def. Casey Mitchell (SHU) 6-2 (19-6 VMI)
174: Mark Darr (VMI) def. Johnny Vrasidas (SHU) 16-5 major decision (23-6 VMI)
184: Mark Boyle (SHU) def. Derek Thurman (VMI) 10-4 (23-9 VMI)
197: Sasha Oliinyk (SHU) pins Taylor Thomas (VMI) 2:44 (23-15 VMI)
HWT: Duke Sherwood (SHU) def. Sivaatasi Mathias (VMI) 3-1 (23-18 VMI)