Congratulations to Jaclyn Dehney '23, the National Champion at 127 pounds in Junior Women's Freestyle at the US Marine Corps Junior & 16U Nationals in Fargo, ND.
Photo above by the Boston Globe and James Soffen.
Jaclyn is taking a gap year before college to continue competing nationally with a goal of qualifying for the 2024 Olympics held in Paris, France.
- Boston Herald: Fourth time a charm for Jaclyn Dehney, Wrestler has eye on 2024 U.S. Olympic team
- Boston Globe: Jaclyn Dehney wins elusive national wrestling title at Fargo, N.D., meet
- Hometown: Pelham, NH
- Elementary School: Lowell Catholic Elementary
- Academic Honor Roll
- Raider Varsity Wrestling
- Doughboy Wrestling Club
"I’ve always envisioned for myself one day making a world team, being on a college team, training with experienced athletes, and I would love to be an Olympian," said Jaclyn after winning the Super 32 in Fall 2021.
"I enjoy competing at high level competitions and earning titles and state championships in the high school boys division, leaving behind a name for myself both in the boys and girls divisions, and trying to be the best wrestler I can possibly be."
Jaclyn wrestles and participates in CrossFit for Doughboy Wrestling Club (Lowell, MA), and 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 several years in a row.
Jaclyn continues to keep laser focused on her wrestling goals, with the support of her Central Catholic family.
At Commencement Exercises in May, Jaclyn was presented with The Mary I. Kilcoyne Outstanding Female Student-Athlete Award.
She's utilizing a gap year before college to compete nationally
She plans to compete at the World Team Trials and other qualifying tournaments for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Jaclyn's younger sister, Ashley Dehney '24, is an MIAA All-State Girls Champion and is entering her senior year at CCHS. Read more about Ashley at Raider News: Our First-Ever Girls State Wrestling Champion.
Raider Athletics represents a proud tradition of teamwork and excellence that enriches the Central Catholic experience for both participants and spectators.
We offer 30 Varsity Sports in competitions governed by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), the Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC), and the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association (MSSAA).
Our student-athletes bring home State, Sectional, and Conference Championships on a regular basis while representing the school community with pride.