Brandon West’s pin ignites Smyrna Rally

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Smyrna Wrestler Brandon West photo by Ben Fulton

Smyrna Wrestler Brandon West photo by Ben Fulton

The regular season match between Milford and Smyrna came down to the final weight class as Chijoka Eulie pulled out a decision for a 36-35 Eagles victory.

The rematch in the DIAA quarterfinal duals was expected to be another nail biter, but Smyrna reeled off 29 straight points to win 50-22, sending the Eagles into Saturday’s semi final rematch against top-seeded Cape Henlopen.

The quarterfinal match began at 113 pounds as The Bucs Vincent Jenkins gained a decision. Following a Milford forfeit to Gabe Giampietro, the 4th seeded Buccaneers won three of the next four matches to take a 16-12 lead. The pivotal match came at 160. With Smyrna trailing 16-15, Brandon West appeared to be headed to a loss as Tim O’Hara led 7-2 in the 2nd period. However, late in the final period (with O’Hara up 7-3), West escaped and scored a fall at 5:48 to give Smyrna the lead and ignited the rally.

Shaun Atkinson (170) and Derek Davis (182) both recorded pins, Tyler Downward (195) gained a technical fall, then Kael Howell (220) pinned his opponent. When the “dust settled”, the Eagles had an insurmountable lead of 44-16 with just two matches remaining. 

Milford received pins from Jack Thode (126) and Jayden Morton (285). The Eagles picked up five pins; Tyree Heath (130), West (160), Atkinson (170), Davis (182) and Howell (220). 

Smyrna is the host venue for the DIAA semifinals and finals. The Eagles will meet No. 1 seed Cape Henlopen at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Vikings won the regular season match in the final weight class (34-30). In the other semifinal, Caesar Rodney will face Salesianum.

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