Milford – Fourteen teams throughout the state converged on Milford Central Academy on Saturday for the 64th Milford Invitational Wrestling Tournament. When the dust settled the Delaware Military Academy Seahawks emerged with the team title scoring 463.5 points to finish ahead of Wm. Penn 415.5 and Caesar Rodney 400. Smyrna and Milford rounded out the top five.
Delaware Military crowned six champions beginning with the first final of the night when Cole Perrin won a 5-2 decision over Caesar Rodney’s Ben Donato at 106 pounds. The Seahawks picked up another title later in the night when Perrin’s brother Charles defeated Hunter Durham of Milford 7-0 at 150 pounds.
Dylan Delcollo won the 132 pound championship with a 10-6 decision over Brooklyn Gordy of Wm. Penn. At 157 pounds Malcolm Roy won a 4-1 decision over Alex Diluzio of Caravel Academy.
Hayden Moaney and Cael Dinigris rounded out the title run for the Seahawks. Moaney won at 195 with a pin over Smyrna’s Teagan Gratowski and Dinigris won one of the night’s most exciting matches with a 4-2 decision over Eli Juarquin-Torres of Wm. Penn at 285 pounds.
Caesar Rodney captured three championships with Cole Moffett taking home the 120 pound title with an 8-5 decision over Ian Alfree of Smyrna. 175 pounds featured cousins Owen Dixon of Caesar Rodney who won a close 4-3 decision over Jesse Dixon of Smyrna.
The Riders Trevor Copes captured the 126 pound championship with a 9-1 major decision over Delaware Military’s Gavin Mundy. Copes was also named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Wm. Penn also crowned three individual champions starting with back to back wins by Eric Holmes who trailed Piero Papili 10-0 at the start of the third period before recording a pin at 4:49 in the 138 pound bout. Nick Hendricks followed at 144 pounds with a 12-7 decision over JuanCarlos Santos of Conrad.
Conrad crowned a champion of their own at 113 pounds as freshman Tommy Arms won a 7-0 decision over Milford’s Alex Sharkey and Caravel’s Brock Rhoades won the 215 pound championship with a high scoring 13-8 decision over Greg Lockett of Milford.
Many of Delaware’s top wrestlers will head to the University of Delaware’s Carpenter Center on Saturday and Sunday to compete in the Beast of the East. There will be a girls division on Friday night.
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