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Wrestling takes down Sacred Heart

Wrestling takes down Sacred Heart

The Hofstra Pride wrestling team earned their second straight match victory on Saturday night, sinking the host Sacred Heart Pioneers, 26-11. 

Senior Ryan Burkert helped Hofstra (6-10, 2-4 EIWA) get off to a good start, defeating Sacred Heart’s (5-5, 1-3 EIWA) Paul Klee 10-6 at 157 and giving Hofstra an early 3-0 advantage. Burkert got the nod in place of expected 157 starter Chris Mauriello.

Burkert started at 149 last season and finished with at 10-12 overall record, including a 6-7 mark in dual matches. He went 20-14 at 149 as a sophomore.

Hofstra’s Ricky Stamm beat Sacred Heart’s Brandon Levesque 10-7 at 165, putting the Pride ahead 6-0. The Levittown, NY native is now 14-12 on the season.

Stamm got off to a good start, jumping out to a 2-0 lead following a takedown. Levesque took a 3-2 lead with an escape and a takedown. A pair of takedowns by Levesque gave him a 7-5 lead, but Stamm responded with an escape and a takedown to reclaim an 8-7 lead. 

After the Pioneers knotted the contest at six via a Hofstra forfeit at 147 pounds, freshman Trey Rogers edged Sacred Heart’s Kyle Davis 3-2 at 184 pounds. With the win, Rogers improves to 15-16 in his first collegiate wrestling campaign.

Senior Naze Haddad added to Hofstra’s advantage, taking down Robert Heatherman 5-3 in the 197 pounds class and putting the Pride in front 12-6. Haddad improved his season record to 11-12, and 8-8 in dual meets. 

Omar Haddad defeated Dante DelBonis 4-0 at 285, expanding Hofstra’s edge to 15-6. Haddad is 10-12 overall this season after going 7-5 last season while wrestling unattached. 

Freshman and Dix Hills native Dylan Ryder took down Ryan Burns 6-3 at 125, giving Hofstra an 18-6 lead. Ryder faced an early deficit, as Burns had an early takedown to jump out to an early 2-0 advantage. Ryder responded with a takedown of his own in the final round to come away with a victory. Ryder is now 23-9 overall this season and has been especially dominant in dual meets, compiling a 14-2 dual meet record in his first collegiate season.

Hofstra opened up a 21-6 lead after Jacob Martin knocked off Anthony Petrillo, 13-6, in the 133-pound matchup. Martin improved to 13-14 overall and 5-6 in dual matches.

The Pioneers tried to battle back after Hofstra’s Garrett Lambert dropped his match to Gerald Daly, 22-6, at 141, trimming Hofstra’s lead to 21-11.

Holden Heller helped Hofstra respond, taking down Chris Cornell 22-3 at 141 and clinching the match victory for the Pride. In his freshman season, Heller is now 12-7 and 9-3 in dual matches.

Hofstra will head back to the mats on Sunday, Feb. 10 when they visit Binghamton.

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