Friday was a tough night for No. 2 seeds at the DIAA Individual Wrestling State Tournament.
William Penn’s Roddy Honey was the only top seed to fall in the quarterfinals at Cape Henlopen High, losing a 7-3 decision to Salesianum’s Jason Stevens at 113 pounds. But the No. 2 seeds in six of the 14 weight classes saw their championship hopes dashed on the first day.
Sussex Central’s Christian Green surprised Appoquinimink’s Danny Blaasch in the first round, scoring a pin in 4:28 at 132 pounds. Green then lost a 16-8 major decision to Dover’s Jordan Olfus in the quarterfinals.
The rest of the upsets over No. 2 seeds took place in the quarterfinals. Smyrna’s Chase Archangelo knocked off Middletown’s Dante Immediato 10-2 at 106 pounds. Polytech’s Kody Stevens grinded out a 5-4 decision over St. Georges’ Jake Chilson at 120. St. Mark’s Thomas Otlowski got past Milford’s John Badger 6-4 at 138.
Justin Bennett of Sussex Central scored a 7-2 upset over Concord’s Jon Harris at 145 pounds. And Cape Henlopen’s Nick Carroll surprised William Penn’s Tim Dooley with a 4-1 decision at 285.
Smyrna’s Brent Fleetwood cruised through the first two rounds in his attempt to become only the 10th four-time state champion in state history. The top-seeded Fleetwood won both of his matches by pin at 120 pounds.
Two-time state champ Thomas Ott posted a couple of easy wins on his home floor at 220, pinning his opponents in 1:00 and 2:36. Caesar Rodney’s Zack Parker, the defending champion at 285, had an even easier time with two pins in a combined 1:31.
Saturday’s first session will start with consolation matches at 10:30 a.m., with semifinals at 11. Consolation matches will continue through the afternoon. The final session will begin with fifth-place matches at 5:30, followed by third-place matches. Championship matches will begin at 7.
Tickets are $6 for the first session, $7 for the second session. The gym will be cleared and separate admissions will be charged for the two sessions; there is no day-long pass.