Athlete of the Week Jan. 7: Brandon Wolfe, Delcastle

Athlete of the Week Jan. 7: Brandon Wolfe, Delcastle

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Athlete of the Week Jan. 7: Brandon Wolfe, Delcastle

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Brandon Wolfe

Senior * Delcastle * wrestling

Won the 170-pound weight class and was named the outstanding wrestler at the Delcastle Invitational on Sunday.THE WEEK:

Last week, Wolfe lost to Justin Lopez of Cape Henlopen 12-6 in the 170-pound final at the Battle at the Beach tournament at Indian River. On Sunday, he earned a 7-3 decision over Lopez in the championship match in his home gym. “Coming in, I knew he was a tough wrestler. I lost to him last week, so I knew I had to work hard this week,” Wolfe said. “I just went out there and wrestled smart. He likes to work big moves, so I just kept myself in control.”THE TURNAROUND:

“He likes to work hooks, so I knew I had to stay nice and low and just work my own style,” Wolfe said of Lopez. “[Last week] was my first time wrestling him, so it helped me.”THE DIFFERENCE:

“Brandon was able to push the pace and control the tempo to what he wanted,” Delcastle coach Jeff Hewes said. “I think nerves played a little bit into it last week. He got his first big match out of the way, and he knows how to handle it mentally now.”THE COACH SAYS:

“It was very important, because [Lopez] is my top competition in the state,” Wolfe said. “It helps me get my head right for states.”THE CONFIDENCE:

Wolfe won a Blue Hen Conference title last year and lost to Smyrna’s Jarren Wilson 6-3 in the 160-pound championship match of the DIAA Individual State Tournament. “A state championship is a big goal, but also getting noticed by colleges is another important thing,” Wolfe said.THE GOALS:

“I like science, mainly astronomy. That’s my favorite thing,” Wolfe said. “It’s interesting. I learn a lot in there.”THE CLASSROOM:

Wolfe hopes to continue wrestling in college. He said he has received recruiting interest from Kutztown and Rider.THE FUTURE:

– Brad Myers

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