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National Freestyle Champion, Looks to Olympics

National Freestyle Champion, Looks to Olympics

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.

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Jaclyn Dehney '23

About Jaclyn

  • Hometown: Pelham, NH
  • Elementary School: Lowell Catholic Elementary
  • Academic Honor Roll
  • Raider Varsity Wrestling
  • CrossFit
  • 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.

Student receives award

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.

Jaclyn Dehney '23 and Ashley Dehney '24, back to back

Jaclyn Dehney '23 and Ashley Dehney '24

Jaclyn Dehney '23 with her parents

Jaclyn Dehney '23 with her parents at Varsity Wrestling Senior Night.



About Raider Athletics

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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.

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Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

For more information, please visit www.CentralCatholic.net, call 978-682-0260, or email website@centralcatholic.net.

Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.