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Hofstra dominant against Sacred Heart

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Hofstra wrestling put on a dominating performance on the mat against Sacred Heart Tuesday night from the William H. Pratt Center. Of the 14 matches held, Hofstra won 13 of them and picked up three wins by fall and three wins by tech fall.

Redshirt senior Vinny Vespa snapped a two-match losing streak by scoring a 5-1 decision at 141 pounds, starting a run of 12 straight wins for Hofstra. Sophomore Justin Hoyle picked up the first of two wins in the evening with a pin of Vincent Milazzo at 141 pounds. In the second period, Hoyle used his top position to manipulate Milazzo onto his back and secured the pin. Hoyle later wrestled again at 141 pounds and earned his second win by fall when he threw Thomas Volpe to his back and ended the match in 23 seconds.

Freshman Joe McGinty secured a tough 3-2 decision at 157 pounds when, after being denied a takedown, repositioned himself and scored a single-leg takedown in the third period and prevented Sacred Heart's Shaun Williams from escaping or reversing with solid positioning. Senior Charles Small followed that up with a 3-2 decision win of his own at 184 pounds when, tied 2-2 in the third period, he escaped from the bottom position and rode out the clock for his third win of the season. Small returned to the mat later in the evening and won by 17-1 technical fall over Grant Horn.

Redshirt freshman Ross McFarland and junior Holden Heller both won by 5-2 decision at 174 and 157 pounds, respectively, for the final matches won by decision for Hofstra. Redshirt senior Ricky Stamm picked up his fifth win of the season in a 12-4 major decision at 165 pounds, followed by McGinty scoring the first win by fall of his college career at 6:09 of his second match at 157 pounds.

Junior Trey Rogers wrestled in two matches at 197 pounds and came away with two satisfying wins. In his first match against Robert Hetherman, Rogers claimed a 16-6 major decision win, and in his later match against Dante DelBonis, Rogers picked up a 22-6 tech fall win to conclude the meet. At 285 pounds, redshirt junior Zachary Knighton-Ward secured a 17-1 tech fall win over Mark Blokh.

The Pride will return to the mat for the regular-season finale on Saturday, February 13, when they travel to Vestal, New York for a match against Binghamton. The match is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

NOTES:
-Justin Hoyle's pin at 0:23 is the fastest win by by a Hofstra wrestler this season. Reece Heller previously held that distinction after posting a win by fall at 1:06 against Tom DiGennaro of Long Island.
-Ricky Stamm has now won five straight matches, and picked up his second consecutive win by major decision.
-Trey Rogers has now outscored his opponents, 84-30, in his last four matches.

Results:
141: Vinny Vespa (HU) dec. Jordan Carlucci (SHU), 5-0
141: Justin Hoyle (HU) wbf. Vincent Milazzo, 3:18
157: Joe McGinty (HU) dec. Shaun Williams (SHU), 3-2
184: Charles Small (HU) dec. Joe Accousti (SHU), 3-2
174: Ross McFarland (HU) dec. Scott Jarosz (SHU), 5-2
197: Trey Rogers (HU) maj. dec. Robert Hetherman (SHU), 16-6
285: Zachary Knighton-Ward (HU) tech fall Mark Blokh, 17-1
157: Holden Heller (HU) dec. Nick Palumbo (SHU), 5-2
165: Ricky Stamm (HU) maj. dec. Will Schmidt (SHU), 12-4
141: Justin Hoyle (HU) wbf. Thomas Volpe (SHU), 0:23
157: Joe McGinty (HU) wbf. Jack Molloy (SHU), 6:09
184: Charles Small (HU) tech fall Grant Horn (SHU), 17-1
157: Charlie Kane (HU) vs. Chris Naegele (SHU), Double Injury Default
197: Trey Rogers (HU) tech fall Dante DelBonis (SHU), 22-6

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