Wrestling

Sussex Central shocks Smyrna to win D-I wrestling title

Athlete of the Week: Dawson Grinnage
Versatile senior brings hard work, versatility to fifth-ranked Hodgson boys basketball team
Sussex Central wins D-I wrestling title
Golden Knights edge Smyrna 32-30 for first state wrestling title since 2008
Milford rallies past IR for fourth straight state DII wrestling title
Bucs win last four bouts, prevail 34-30
Athlete of the Week: Blair Atkins
Wilmington Friends swimmer shows versatility as Quakers go 10-1 in dual meets
Athlete of the Week: Cameron Lewis
Senior’s final attempt travels 48 feet, 5 inches to win boys shot put title at the DIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
Athlete of the Week: Lauryn Griffin
Senior reaches 1,000 career points, leads eighth-ranked Tigers to 11-2 start.
St. Georges 53, Woodbridge 52
Kyson Rawls’ three-point play with 9.6 seconds left wins it for Hawks.
Stan Waterman named DSBA Coach of the Year
Boys basketball coach honored after guiding Sanford to sixth state title in 25 years
Athlete of the Week: Jordan Money
St. Elizabeth senior leads Vikings to 7-4 record, No. 9 state ranking midway through season.
Watch: Cape loses first dual of season against Smyrna
Cape Vikings hosts Smyrna Eagles in High School Wrestling
Athlete of the Week: Bryce Ciecko
Mount Pleasant swimmer expects to contend in two individual events at upcoming DIAA championships.
7-foot-2 Smyrna center has unlimited potential
The sky is the limit for Azubuike “Zubi” Nwankwo, a 7-foot-2 junior center at Smyrna who has only played basketball for four years
Charlie Hope delivers final pin for William Penn
Charlie Hope scored a pin in the final match at 285 to clinch William Penn’s 39-31 victory over Charter of Wilmington
Money hits game winner for St. Elizabeth
Jordan Money banked in a 10-foot shot with four seconds remaining as St. Elizabeth rallied for a 57-56 win over Sanford on Thursday night.
Athlete of the Week: Tony Wuest
Smyrna junior has had an outstanding season with victories in the Ray Oliver, Milford and Mount Mat Madness tournaments, plus a third-place finish at Beast of the East.
Athlete of the Week: Natalie DePaulo
Junior leads Wilmington Friends to title in New Castle Insurance Cup at the Diamond State Classic.
Athlete of the Week: Jay’Juan Jones
Unseeded Jones from A. I. du Pont places at Beast of the East wrestling.
Athlete of the Week: Danaziah Brown
Archmere senior has 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in one-point loss to Conrad
Athlete of the Week: Josh Hutchinson
Senior linebacker was in on 13 tackles as Eagles defeated Middletown 36-14 for second straight DIAA Division I championship
Athlete of the Week: Bo Anderson
Junior goalkeeper made 13 saves as Tower Hill won its first DIAA Division II soccer title with a 4-2 victory over Indian River
Smyrna, Middletown look to reignite rivalry in Division I title game
Smyrna, Middletown look to reignite rivalry in Division I title game
Woodbridge, Friends title game a rematch of Week 3
Friends looks to avenge their only loss of the season against undefeated Woodbridge in the Division II football state title game.
Smyrna lineman Jerren Carter paves the way for high-powered offense
Smyrna lineman Jerren Carter paves the way for high-powered offense
Middletown junior Kedrick Whitehead helps provide balanced attack
Middletown junior Kedrick Whitehead helps provide balanced attack
Friends football in D-II title game
Seniors Matt Denney, Andrew Jaworski, Justin Beneck and Henry Gise help Quakers reach final for first time since 1984
Woodbridge players cherish state championship opportunity
Blue Raiders face Friends in first state title game
McKean, Newark Charter prepare for inaugural Unified Flag Football title
McKean, Newark Charter prepare for inaugural Unified Flag Football title
Middletown’s DelPercio and Whitehead help decorate the tree at DIAA media day
Middletown senior receiver Anthony DelPercio and junior running back Kedrick Whitehead maximize their camera time during DIAA football media day leading up to the DIAA football state finals.
Athlete of the Week: Keegan Cahill
Quarterback leads Newark Charter into Special Olympics DIAA Unified Flag Football championship game
Woodbridge defensive line
Blue Raiders’ front four of Shymere Vessels, Brian Ireland, Blaize Rayford and Leah Styles wreaks havoc on opponents
Charlie Hope Jr. anchors middle for Colonials
William Penn linebacker benefits from coaching of father, a William Penn grad and former NFL player
Athlete of the Week: Victoria Taylor
Senior blasted 24 kills as Delaware Military Academy edged Ursuline 3-2 for its second straight DIAA Volleyball championship
Delmar field hockey wins first girl’s state title in school history
Delmar defeats Tower Hill 3-0 to win its first girl’s state title in school history. 2016 marked the fifth time in six years that Delmar reached the state title game.
Tower Hill scores four in first half to claim D-II soccer title
Tower Hill scores four in first half to claim D-II soccer title
Salesianum claims seventh straight soccer crown
Salesianum defeats Appoquinimink 2-0 to win its seventh consecutive DIAA soccer title.
Female student excels as football coach
Julia Catalano loves football, and wants to coach in college and the NFL.
Athlete of the Week: Tymere Wilson
Junior linebacker had 23 tackles, including three sacks, as Glasgow won the Flight B title with a 22-7 victory over St. Georges
Daija Lampkin signs with Alabama
Middletown sprinter chooses Crimson Tide over more than 30 interested colleges
Slam Dunk to the Beach field announced
Annual three-day boys basketball showcase at Cape Henlopen High features 20 teams playing in 18 games
Wilmington Friends coach Tattersall reaches 300 wins
Wilmington Friends coach Tattersall reaches 300 wins
Athlete of the Week: Haley Jones
Senior has two goals, one assist as Jaguars finish field hockey season with 6-0 win over Newark
Doc’s #delhs football picks
Dr. Colllin Auttible weighs in on this week’s Delaware high school football games.
Athlete of the Week: Gentry Meinecke
Brandywine senior excels in field hockey, academics for Bulldogs
Doc’s #delhs football picks
Our resident expert came oh soooo close to perfection last week.
Athlete of the Week: Isaiah Jean Baptiste
Senior midfielder helps Golden Knights clinch Henlopen North boys soccer championship
Doc takes his picks show on the road
Expert predictions on EVERY Delaware football game Friday and Saturday.
Athlete of the Week: Naomi Bowser
Smyrna junior consistently lowering times as one of state’s top cross country runners
The Doc is back to make his #delhs Week 6 football picks
The Doc is back to make his #delhs Week 6 football picks
Athlete of the Week: Kirsten Longueira
DMA senior reaches 1,000 career digs for defending DIAA champion Seahawks
Doc’s #delhs football picks, Week 5
Salesianum or Middletown? Find out who Dr. Colin Auttible selects.
Smyrna’s Atkinson inspiring teammates
Smyrna High senior, Colby Atkiinson, who had to give up his athletic career when he was diagnosed with leukemia his freshman year, but now inspires his teammates and his community.
Athlete of the Week: David Bowman
Milford running back scores three touchdowns in 42-13 victory over Conrad
Doc’s #delhs football picks Week 4
It’s raining, it’s pouring … awesome football picks
Athlete of the Week: Gavin Ford
Salesianum junior adds offensive punch to six-time defending state champions
Unified flag football season kicks off
Partnership between DIAA and Special Olympics expands to eight teams, and adds playoffs and a state championship game.
Athlete of the Week: Madelyn Judge
Libero anchors defense for the third-ranked Padua volleyball team
Doc’s HS football picks Week 2
Middletown-William Penn highlight the schedule.
Jon Dorenbos inspires Caravel long snapper
After Jake Reed met Eagles long snapper, Jon Dorenbos, he sent him an email, asking if Dorenbos could work with him on long snapping.
Zachariah Burton signs with Virginia
Defensive back to graduate from William Penn in December, enroll at Virginia in January and participate in spring practice
Salesianum 7, Caravel 0
Top-ranked Sals shut out Buccaneers in early season soccer matchup
Athlete of the Week: Mickey Henry
St. Elizabeth offensive tackle helps Vikings rush for six TDs in win over McKean
Dover coach Rudy Simonetti looks to turn program around
New coach comes from North Jersey to take over Senators in his first high school head coaching job
Doc’s Week 1 #delhs football picks
The mad scientist returns for another season of Delaware gridiron action.
Delaware high school football Div I preseason rankings
Delaware high school football Division I preseason rankings
Delaware high school football Div II preseason rankings
Delaware high school football Division II preseason rankings
Woodbridge favored in Henlopen South
Blue Raiders return much of team that reached Division II semifinals
New Newark coach Barry Zehnder
Newark alum Barry Zehnder reolaces Butch Simpson, who coached the Yellowjackets for 39 years
Ten can’t miss Delaware high school football games
With each of Delaware’s 43 high school football teams about to embark on nine- or 10-game seasons, there will be no shortage of action throughout the fall. Here are 10 games that will capture a lot of interest on each weekend of the season.
4-foot-8 football player relishes hitting
Brandywine High School junior Felicia Perez strives to make an impact
Brad Myers tours the state on the first day of football practice
News Journal high school sports reporter Brad Myers travels the state for the fifth annual Gridiron Tour as he goes from school to school on the first day of football practice in Delaware.
Tatnall football to play night home game
Hornets to bring in temporary lights for Sept. 30 game against Tower Hill.
Coaches prepare for high school football season
Delaware high school football coaches begin preparation for the start of the season on the first day of practice.

SMYRNA – Sussex Central had to fight tooth and nail just to earn another shot at Smyrna in the DIAA Division I Dual Meet Wrestling Championship match on Tuesday night.

Once the Golden Knights got there, they sent legendary coach Phil Shultie out on top with a thrilling, 32-30 victory that ended the Eagles’ four-year reign as D-I champs.

Shultie, 63, is retiring at the end of this season after 41 years at Central. In the final dual meet of his career, the Knights won the school’s second state wrestling championship (the first came in 2008) and pushed his state-leading win total to 432.

This may have been the sweetest one of all.

“This is it, and there’s no greater way to go out than to have a state championship team,” Shultie said.

Third-seeded Central (12-2) dispatched No. 6 William Penn 60-15 in the first round, then struggled through an epic semifinal against second-seeded Cape Henlopen. A pair of 2016 individual state champions – Central’s Brandon Bautista and Cape’s Cory Lawson – clashed in the final match at 160 pounds.

Bautista gritted out a 4-3 decision to give the Knights a 28-26 victory. Meanwhile, Smyrna easily dispatched Dover 45-22 in the other semi, earning at least 30 minutes of extra rest.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen because we did everything we had to do to beat Cape,” Shultie said. “Cape was a strong team and I kind of thought we lost everything we had. But the kids, they went back, they regrouped, we talked about what they could do.”

The Knights did everything they needed to do. Central lost to Smyrna 39-27 in the same gym last Friday, so there was some ground to make up.

That dual started at 120 pounds, and the Eagles won the first six matches in running out to a 30-0 lead. This one started at 182, a much better place for the Knights.

Central built an 18-9 lead, as Lucas Hudson won a 2-1 decision at 182, John Morris won a 1-0 squeaker at 285 and Javon Saffold (106) and Yony Morales (113) scored pins. Smyrna’s Nick Natarcola got a pin at 120 to pull the Eagles within 18-15, setting up a turning point.

Central’s Rashad Stratton missed Friday’s match due to illness, and the Knights gave up a pin at 126. This time, Stratton turned the tables completely with a pin for a whopping 12-point swing.

“This was for Shultie,” Stratton said. “I had to make sure I was ready for the last ride for Shultie.”

Greg Baum got a pin at 132 to pull Smyrna within 24-21. But Drew Morris, who had lost to a 3-2 decision to J.T. Davis on Friday, beat the freshman 5-2 this time. Morris cost his team a point when he shoved Davis after the match, but he still pushed the lead to 26-21.

“I was coming back from a sickness on Friday,” Morris said. “Today, I just knew that it was Shultie’s last ride and I knew I had to give my all for him.”

Smyrna rallied, as Chase Archangelo pinned at 145 and Nate Bryant earned a 7-3 decision at 152. That put the Eagles up 30-26, but Bautista worked his magic again with a 2-1 decision over Dakota Kerr at 160 to pull the Knights within 30-29.

That left it up to Central’s Blake Chambers, who had pinned Masen Wilson at 170 on Friday. The senior didn’t repeat that feat but stayed on top throughout the third period for a 6-0 decision that set off a wild Central celebration.

“I knew if we all came out here today really ready to go full blast, they would take us there and I would just bring us home,” Chambers said. “After Brandon won, I knew that was it. I went out there confident, and we took it all.”

Top-seeded Smyrna (13-3) was riding a 56-match in-state winning streak, its last loss to a Delaware opponent coming exactly five years ago against Caesar Rodney in the D-I final.

“I’m proud of my guys,” Eagles coach Kurt Howell said. “They’ve wrestled really well all season. I just really have to credit Shultie and his boys. They won close matches, they saved points, they got off their backs, and they got the pins when they needed them.”

Chambers summed up his coach’s role best after winning the final match.

“Honestly, I’m honored just to be under Shultie’s wing, to be coached by Shultie,” the senior said. “To give him this second state title is the least I could do, I guess, for the four years he’s coached me. He has basically been a godfather for me and all of us.”

Contact Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ

Sussex Central's Junior Perez tries to turn Smyrna's Nicholas Natarcola on to his back in the 120 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Sussex Central’s Junior Perez tries to turn Smyrna’s Nicholas Natarcola on to his back in the 120 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Smyrna's Nicholas Natarcola grabs holds the leg of Sussex Central's Junior Perez in the 120 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Smyrna’s Nicholas Natarcola grabs holds the leg of Sussex Central’s Junior Perez in the 120 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Smyrna's Cole Sebastianelli moves to avoid a hold attempt by Sussex Central's Rashad Stratton in the 126 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Smyrna’s Cole Sebastianelli moves to avoid a hold attempt by Sussex Central’s Rashad Stratton in the 126 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Sussex Central celebrates after defeating Smyrna in the DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Sussex Central celebrates after defeating Smyrna in the DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Sussex Central celebrates after defeating Smyrna in the DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Sussex Central celebrates after defeating Smyrna in the DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Sussex Central's Javon Saffold put Smyrna's Dylan Andruzzi into a hold in the 106 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Sussex Central’s Javon Saffold put Smyrna’s Dylan Andruzzi into a hold in the 106 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Smyrna's Gavin Sembly tries to get out of a hold by Sussex Central's Yony Morales in the 113 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Smyrna’s Gavin Sembly tries to get out of a hold by Sussex Central’s Yony Morales in the 113 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Smyrna's Larsen Wilson holds down Sussex Central's Lucas Hudson on the mat in the 182 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Smyrna’s Larsen Wilson holds down Sussex Central’s Lucas Hudson on the mat in the 182 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Smyrna's Larsen Wilson tries to flip Sussex Central's Michael Wright on to his back in the 195 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Smyrna’s Larsen Wilson tries to flip Sussex Central’s Michael Wright on to his back in the 195 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Sussex Central's Mario Santizo, left and Smyrna's Tony Wuest battles for position in the 220 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Sussex Central’s Mario Santizo, left and Smyrna’s Tony Wuest battles for position in the 220 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Smyrna's Larsen Wilson, left, and Sussex Central's Lucas Hudson square off in the 182 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Smyrna’s Larsen Wilson, left, and Sussex Central’s Lucas Hudson square off in the 182 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Sussex Central's Mario Santizo, left and Smyrna's Tony Wuest face off in the 220 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.

Sussex Central’s Mario Santizo, left and Smyrna’s Tony Wuest face off in the 220 pound match at DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling State Championship at Smyrna High School.