Capsules: Bayside, Henlopen wrestlers ready for season

Stephen Decatur hosts this year's War on the Shore wrestling tournament as it kicks off Friday, Jan. 16 in Berlin.

Stephen Decatur hosts this year’s War on the Shore wrestling tournament as it kicks off Friday, Jan. 16 in Berlin.


Head coach: Burt Cashman

Last year’s record: 9-5

Key returners:

Ben Urban, junior, 113

Jake Becker, sophomore. 120

Nathaniel Grudzien, senior, 152

Rodney Dawson, senior, 195

Jose Vazquez, sophomore, 285

Season expectations: “We’re going to go out every night and put everything on the line at practice and for the time we are on the mat in matches and tournaments.  The wins will take care of themselves.  Our standards are always held high and we don’t allow excuses.”


Head coach: Phil Shultie

Last year’s record: 7-5

Key returners:

Justin Bennett, senior, 152

Rashad Stratton, sophomore, 126

Lucas Hudson, junior, 170

Blake Chambers, junior, 145

Mark Tolson, junior, 138

Season expectations: Sussex Central has a lot of good wrestlers, but they are grouped together near the same weight class. They will need to spread that out to improve on last season.

Stephen Decatur

Head Coach: Todd Martinek

Last year’s record: 11-3

Key returners:

Robert Kaminski, junior, 106

Josh Lawson, junior, 113

Andy McKahan, junior, 126/132

Brett Kim, senior, 152/160

Tyler VanSice, senior, 152/160

Season expectations: “Ideally, we compete for the Bayside title and try to go undefeated in the regular season which we have not done for 4 years now.  North Caroline opener on Dec. 9 will have a lot to determine that as well as a late January match against Polytech.  We have six injuries and some weight issues currently which will affect our success for a while.  If we can get those fixed we will have a great season.  I’m looking forward to it.


Head coach: Ken Ewers

Last year’s record: 8-14 (Bayside: 6-7)

Key returners:

Matt Darcy, senior, 132

Tanner Farro, sophomore, 138

Chad Farro, senior, 160

Luis Bernard, senior, 170

Loma Thomas, sophomore, 285

Season expectations: “I expect us to continue to improve and have a strong season from our fairly young team.”


Last year’s record: 6-8

Key returners:

Isaac Lawson, junior,195

Noah Lawson, sophomore, 138

Jake Schertz, senior, 152

Jared Labarr, junior, 145

Bryan Rangel, junior, 126

Season expectations: “This may be a tough year to improve on our record from last year as our numbers are as low as they’ve ever been since I’ve been here. We will struggle to fill all the weight classes. We had several talented kids decide they didn’t want to put in the work anymore and we also lost several to first term grades. The group we have is very focused on improving daily and individual success and have been working extremely hard every day in the room.”


Head coach: Dion Johnson

Last year’s record: 5-9

Key returners:

Nasir Tucker, junior, 120

Brett Bramble, senior, 138

Parker DeWitt, senior, 152

Chase Bowden, senior, 160

Melvin Grayson, senior, 285

Season expectations:  “Peak in the post-season, sending quite a few to the Maryland State Championships and putting several of them on the placement podium.”


Head coach: D.J. Draus

Last year’s record: 3-11

Key returners: 

Bryan Outten, senior, 182

Decklan Fischer, sophomore, 120

Evan Mansfield, sophomore, 145

Jordan Bishop, sophomore, 170

Tyler Johnson, sophomore, 106

Codey Hicks, sophomore, 170

Season expectations: “We are looking forward to accomplishing many goals this season on and off the mat.  We want to represent ourselves, our school, and our community to the best of our ability and work hard to get better every day.”


Head coach: Alan Preston

Last year’s record: 5-4

Key returners:

Nathaniel Vincent, senior, 132

Logan Thomas, senior, 152

Chance Watts, senior, 170

Brandon Thompson, senior, 195

Daniel Smullen, senior, heavyweight

Season expectations: “Looking to win each period of the season. Goals are to take each match a period at a time.”


Head coach: Jeff Windish

Last year’s record: 5-12

Key returners: 

Jared Arlett, junior, 126

Jesse O’Neal, junior, 132

Zeke Marcozzi, junior, 160

Season expectations: “The Indians will look to compete for a Division Championship in a very competitive Henlopen South. As always Indian River will look to gain a bid to the DIAA Dual Meet State Championships.  Zeke Marcozzi and Jared Arlett are both looking to compete for individual state championships in February.”


Head coach: Chris Mattioni

Last year’s record: 8-4

Key returners:

Max Norquest, junior, 126

Vincent Diego, junior, 138

Cory Lawson, junior, 160

Joel Torres, senior, 182/195

Julian Medina, senior, heavyweight

Season expectations: “We have a relatively young team, with a strong junior class.  Kids have been working hard at practice during the early part of the season.  Our expectations are to continue to improve throughout the season and qualify as many guys for the state individual tournament as possible and to qualify for the state dual tournament.”

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