Congratulations to nationally-ranked wrestler Jaclyn Dehney '23, who earned a Gold Medal at the 2021 Pan-American Championships.
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Jaclyn Dehney '23 Wins Wrestling Gold at Pan Am Games in Mexico
Central Catholic High School’s wrestling phenom Jaclyn Dehney '23 (Pelham, NH) recently dominated the mats on behalf of the United States, earning gold at the Pan Am Games in Mexico (June 2021).
Nationally-ranked Jaclyn, who has been wrestling for six years, competed in the 53 kg (116.8) class, beating out female wrestlers from Guatemala and Mexico for the top spot. She qualified for the USA National Team by taking second place at the World Team Trials in Texas.
“There were definitely some special moments at the Pan Am Games such as running around the mat with the American flag, listening to the National Anthem while being on the podium, training with coaches from the USA Coaching Staff, and hugging my parents after my matches,” said Jaclyn. “The thought of representing my country out there was the greatest feeling.”
Jaclyn is also an integral member of Central Catholic’s Wrestling Program, where she trains with and wrestles against male counterparts. This also prepares her for competing in national and international competitions against females. Led by Coach James Durkin '00, Raider Varsity Wrestling has won the MVC title five years in a row.
“My thoughts on Jackie are relatively simple in that she is the embodiment of what you look for in a wrestler,” said Coach Durkin. “She is driven, dedicated and like a sponge when it comes to digesting technique. She is willing to do whatever it takes for the team (whether to bump up a weight class, wrestle with a newer wrestler or any other task necessary to move the team forward). Additionally, she is very humble for someone with global-level talent.”
While balancing academics (she recently made Honor Roll) and athletics, Jaclyn has fully dedicated herself to the sport of wrestling.
“I love being a part of the CCHS team atmosphere, where everyone supports and pushes each other - everyone is trying to make each other better,” said Jaclyn. “I love the competition and how it’s just you and your opponent out on the mat. I feel at home on the mat, and I love that there is always another level to work up to. I also have an anxious personality, and wrestling keeps me busy and allows me to use all my extra energy in a positive way. It feels really good, and I’m just going to keep working hard and training.”
Jaclyn is currently gearing up for a July tournament in Fargo, North Dakota.
Congratulations, Jaclyn, and good luck as you pursue your Olympic dreams!