Sussex Central Division I wrestling state champions posing with the state championship trophy photo courtesy of Sussex Central Facebook

Sussex Central rolls early to state dual championship

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Smyrna – Sussex Central head coach Shane Miller used the experience of last year to motivate his team on what it would take to win the DIAA Division I state wrestling championship. “Last year after we lost I took them into the locker room and told them we will be back here and remember what this feels like,” Miller said. That …

Delaware Military Academy DMA wrestling posing with the division II state championship trophy photo courtesy of DMA Athletics Twitter

Seahawks pin their way to second state wrestling title

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Smyrna – Delaware Military Academy rode six pins enroute to a 38-32 victory over St. Mark’s to capture the DIAA Division II state championships. The title was the second for the Seahawks in consecutive years. The championship match began at 113 pounds, the Seahawks reeled off three straight wins to begin the match all earning bonus points. Cole Perrin got it …

Walter Toomer of Caesar Rodney gets a pin in his 215 pound match in 430. The pin gave the Riders a dramatic 33 31 win photo courtesy of Eric Donato

Top seeds advance in DIAA wrestling championships

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The top seeds in both Division I and Division II tournaments advanced on Wednesday night. Winners from Wednesday night will advance to the state semifinals to be held on Saturday at Smyrna High School.   Division I   Sussex Central 55 – Sussex Tech 14 – Sussex Central won the first eight weight classes to put the match away before Sussex …

The top two 126 pounders in the state Trevor Copes of Caesar Rodney top and Aaron Menickella of St. Marks lock up in their dual meet. Copes won an 0 major decision photo courtesy of Eric Donato

Caesar Rodney upsets St. Mark’s in wrestling showdown

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Camden – It brought back memories of over a decade ago when Caesar Rodney and St. Mark’s battled year in and year out for prominence on the mat in Delaware. The resurgence of the Spartans wrestling program this year has them ranked number one in Division II in the Delaware Live Sports wrestling rankings, while the Riders are the number four …

Sussex Centrals Malachi Stratton top looks to put Smyrnas Ian Alfree in danger during their 120 pound match Wednesday night. Stratton won with a pin in 513 photo courtesy of Gene Shaner

Knights roll early on the mat to beat the Eagles

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Smyrna – Sussex Central won the first eight bouts of the night building an insurmountable lead for Smyrna to overcome. The Golden Knights won the match 47-15 to remain unbeaten on the season and in the driver’s seat to win the Henlopen North championship. Austen Decker got the Golden Knights started pinning Michael Pierson in 2:27 at 106 pounds. Drake Rogers …

Warren Coates of Smyrna lifts Caesar Rodneys Braedon Bole during their 138 pound match on Monday night. Coates won a 15 6 major decision photo courtesy of Eric Donato

Caesar Rodney records six pins in win over Smyrna

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  Smyrna – The 2024 Smyrna Eagles versus the Caesar Rodney Riders wrestling rivalry had everything fans could expect when the two Delaware traditional wrestling powers took to the mat on Monday night. An intense crowd, strategy, tightly contested bouts, big pins and some upsets. In the end the Riders won nine bouts including six pins to win the match 46-28 …

Logan Heffington of Caesar Rodney top turns Christian Hedges of Sussex Tech during their 175 pound bout. Heffington won by pin photo courtesy of Donato

Riders rally to pin Ravens

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Camden – The Caesar Rodney Riders trailed the Sussex Tech Ravens 29-17 with just five matches left in their Henlopen Conference Northern Division matchup. The Riders recorded four straight pins winning the dual 41-29. The match began at 106 pounds where the Riders Ben Donato won a 17-0 technical fall over Parker Hampton. Ashton Graham then recorded a pin in 1:05 …

The Riders Kenneth King locks up a cradle for a pin in 223 seconds at 157 pounds photo credit Eric Donato

Riders edge Bucs in Henlopen mat showdown

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Milford – The Milford and Caesar Rodney wrestlers went back and forth trading pins and slugging it out like a heavyweight title fight. Both teams had six pins, but the match came down to a major decision and a buzzer beating takedown to give the Riders a 43-36 victory in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division match. “We faced adversity tonight and …

Caesar Rodneys Ben Donato tilts Laurels Reginald Ferdinand for backpoints in their 106 pound bout. Donato won the match with a 123 pin photo courtesy of Eric Donato 1

Caesar Rodney records seven pins to get past Laurel

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Laurel – Most wrestling coaches know matches don’t always go as planned and that was the case Wednesday night as both teams were without their top wrestler heading into the dual meet between Caesar Rodney and Laurel. Neither the Bulldogs Stanley Pete, ranked number one at 150 pounds, nor Trevor Copes ranked number one at 126 pounds were to step on …

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Delaware wrestlers face some of nation’s best at Beast of the East

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  Newark – The Bob Carpenter Center on the Campus of the University of Delaware with 12 wrestling mats sprawled across the floor was the battle ground for the 31st Beast of the East High School Wrestling Tournament. The event featured 960 wrestlers from 168 teams representing 24 states converging on Newark, Delaware. “It was a little overwhelming, but it was …