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Western New England University Women's Wrestling Team Makes History with Qualifiers for National Championships

Published: February 25, 2024 | Categories: All News
NCWWC Region I Championship qualifiers.

NCWWC Region I Championship qualifiers: Dakota-Marie Dinielli, Linda Holeman, and Sabrina Sedor.

Western New England University's Women's Wrestling team has achieved a historic milestone, securing qualifications for the 2024 National Collegiate Women's Wrestling Championships (NCWWC). For the first time in program history, the Golden Bears will be represented at this prestigious event, set to take place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The qualifiers emerged victorious from the recent NCWWC Region I qualifying event, hosted at Lock Haven University. Linda Holeman in the 130-pound weight class, Sabrina Sedor in the 136-pound category, and Dakota-Marie Dinielli in the 143-pound division have earned their spots in the upcoming national championship.

Coach Tyler Keane, head coach of women's wrestling at Western New England University, expressed immense pride in the team's accomplishment. "In our second year, we showcased our resilience at the Northeast Regional Tournament. With eight regional placers and the achievement of our first-ever women's wrestling national qualifiers - Linda Holeman, Sabrina Sedor, and Dakota-Marie Dinielli - Western New England University's Woman's Wrestling team has etched its name in history. Coach Jennah and I are extremely proud of each athlete's dedication and grit, eagerly anticipating their performance on the national stage. Go Golden Bears!"

The NCWWC Championships, scheduled to begin on Friday, March 8, will provide an opportunity for Holeman, Sedor, and Dinielli to compete against the nation's best collegiate wrestlers.

"In only their second year of existence at WNE, the entire women's wrestling team has been incredibly impressive as students, athletes, and leaders both on and off the mat," remarked Jenn Kolins, WNE's director of Athletics and Recreation. "Watching their grit, determination and resiliency has been a true inspiration. Under the leadership of Coach Keane and his coaching staff, the work ethic of this team has led them to a regular season winning record, and now sending three qualifiers to the national championship. As they prepare to represent Western New England University on the national stage, the entire university community rallies behind them, wishing them the best of luck in Cedar Rapids."

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