The 2013 Milford Invitational wrestling tournament’s team championship was up for grabs heading into Saturday’s final matches, with Salesianum and St. Georges battling for the title.
The Sals picked up wins in four of the final six weight classes to end up with 185.5 points and achieve a preseason goal by taking the overall title in the meet, besting the Hawks by 6.5 points Saturday.
“It feels good. When you go to a tournament, you come here to win. We set a goal to come down and win it, and it feels good to reach a goal as a team,” Sallies coach Cameron Davis said.
Heading into the final six matches, Sallies trailed St. Georges by 7.5 points. Louis Fedele got Salesianum rolling with a 3-2 decision over the Hawks’ Michael Albanese to earn three points for his squad.
St. Georges got those three points back when Rocco Hladney won the title at 182 pounds by beating Caesar Rodney’s Connor Castellon via an 8-3 decision. It was the Hawks’ second individual title of the day, following Brandon Hurd’s victory at 113 pounds.
The final three matches took place at the same time, with a Salesianum wrestler in each match, needing a win in all three matches to take the title.
The first match that finished was at 220 pounds, when Garrett Miller gave Sallies six points by pinning the Riders’ Troy McNally in 59 seconds.
Bubba Mancini gave Salesianum the lead after he beat Indian River’s Jake Troublefield in a majority decision, 9-1, at 195 pounds, giving the defending state champion in that weight class a strong start to the season.
“It feels good. I put in a lot of work this offseason. I feel better than I did last year. So I’m ready to back it up and win the title,” Mancini said.
Moments after Mancini won his match, Riley Montgomery clinched the overall title for Sallies, winning a 3-2 decision at 285 pounds over Dover’s Isaiah Abrams.
Sanford’s Luke McDonough was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Wrestler after winning all three of his matches at 120 pounds via pinfall. He won title by beating Polytech’s Kody Stevens 24 seconds into overtime by using a double-legged takedown.
“I was practicing all week, just getting into shape and working on my technique. I just going,” McDonough said. “It just felt great. I didn’t expect it. I thought I was going to have a pretty tough match, and I ended up going head-to-head with the guy and got the win.”
Host Milford finished third in the meet, picking up 139.5 points. Smyrna was fourth with 138, and Polytech was fifth with 134.