Wrestling Earns Fifth Win, 43-9 Over AIC

Will Schmidt (Credit: SHU Athletics)
Will Schmidt (Credit: SHU Athletics)

The Sacred Heart University wrestling team earned a 43-9 victory over visiting  American International College Friday evening at the Pitt Center. The victory improves the Pioneers to 5-2 on the year, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 0-9

Will Schmidt scored first points in the opening round of his bout at 174 pounds, on the way to an 11-3 victory. The Pioneers also earned a victory from Gerard Daly, 6-5 at 141 pounds.

The Pioneers are back in action on Saturday at noon when they host Bucknell at the Pitt Center.

125 Pounds: Ryan Burns (SHU) won by forfeit

  • SHU leads team scoring 6-0

133 Pounds: Anthony Petrillo (SHU) won by forfeit

  • Pioneers took a 12-0 lead in the match

141 Pounds: Joel Morth (AIC) vs. Gerard Daly (SHU) – Daly, 6-5

  • Daly opened the scoring with a takedown 1:50 into the first round
  • Martin got a point escaping with 30 seconds left in the round
  • Daly made it 3-1 after escaping 30 ticks into the second round
  • Martin tied the match with 15 seconds left and Daly's escape in the closing seconds, coupled with a stall, gave him a 5-3 advantage
  • A reversal 50 seconds into the final round tied the match, 5-5
  • Daly got out of restart with 20 seconds left to take a 6-5 lead
  • The victory gave the Pioneers a 15-0 lead in the match

149 Pounds: Chris Cornell (SHU) won by forfeit

  • SHU extended its lead to 21-0

157 Pounds: Baltazar Gonzalez (AIC) vs.TJ Calas (SHU) – Gonzalez won by pin (2:34 first)

  • Gonzalez won by pin 2:34 into the first round
  • AIC closed to 21-6 in the team score with pin

165 Pounds: Brandon Levesque (SHU) - won by forfeit

  • Levesque won by forfeit to give SHU a 27-6 lead

174 Pounds: Rafiq Conway (AIC) vs. Will Schmidt (SHU) – Schmidt, 11-3

  • Schmidt earned two early points and added two more 38 seconds into the round
  • A second neutral point for Conway shortly after made the score 4-2 in Schmidt's favor
  • Another takedown by Schmidt, and ensuing escape, gave the Pioneers a 6-3 edge midway in the first round
  • Schmidt's fourth takedown of the match made it 8-3 after the first period
  • Schmidt added two for a reversal 90 seconds into the second, taking a 10-3 lead
  • The victory gave SHU a 31-6 lead

184 Pounds: Kyle Davis (SHU) won by forfeit

  • SHU took its advantage to 37-6

197 Pounds: Connor Fredericks (SHU) won by forfeit

  • The forfeit gave SHU a 43-6 lead

Heavyweight: Ray Sherwood (AIC) vs. Dante DelBonis (SHU) – Sherwood, 11-3

  • Neither wrestler earned a first round point and DelBonis chose defense to start the second
  • DelBonis escaped 40 seconds into the round, for the first point, and a 1-0 lead that he took to the final period
  • Sherwood selected defense to start the final period and escaped five seconds in to tie the match, 1-1
  • Sherwood took control with a takedown with 11 seconds remaining to earn the win 3-1