BELVEDERE – The Sussex Central wrestling team tried some new things at the Delcastle Invitational.
Most of them worked.
The Golden Knights placed 13 wrestlers in the semifinals, got eight to the finals and won four weight classes on the way to a dominating victory on Saturday. Sussex Central piled up 288 points to easily outdistance Salesianum (184), Delaware Military Academy (181½), William Penn (180) and Polytech (177½) at the top of the 16-team field.
“The good thing we pulled away from this tournament is that we’ve been teaching some new concepts, and the guys are starting to buy into them,” Golden Knights coach Phil Shultie said. “They were doing them today and yesterday. That was worth the whole thing.
“Too many times, we come here and we do the same, exact moves we’ve been doing the whole year. We just needed to add a few new things.”
Sussex Central’s Justin Bennett had all he could handle against Jamier Schaener in the 145-pound final. The A.I. du Pont wrestler forced the action most of the way, but Bennett held him off for a 6-4 decision.
“He was quick and aggressive, so I stayed more back on my feet, let him do his thing,” Bennett said. “Basically, I waited for him to make a minor mistake and then I counter-reacted to that. He would charge into me, and I would just push out the arms, take my double leg and take him down.”
The Golden Knights also got titles from Rashad Stratton (126 pounds), Brandon Bautista (152) and John Morris (195). The Sussex Central wrestlers who lost benefitted, too.
“This is where you make your mistakes,” Shultie said. “This is why we do these tournaments, so we can get ready for the conference and state tournaments. But overall, I’m very happy with the way we wrestled today.”
Polytech’s Avery Mayan turned the tables on one of the Golden Knights at 170. Sussex Central’s Lucas Hudson pinned Mayan in the Milford Invitational final and won by decision in the Battle at the Beach final at Indian River last month. But this time, Mayan changed his strategy and grinded out a 2-1 decision.
“This is a really big win for me. It should rank me higher in the state,” Mayan said. “I didn’t tie up, because he’s a lot stronger than me. I wrestled a bit more defensive, and I waited for him to shoot. It was awesome.”
William Penn’s Alex Haber went to his bread-and-butter move to pin Sussex Central’s Max Tolson in 4:08 in the 138 final.
“I used a cradle,” Haber said. “I set it up. I crossfaced him hard, and as he stood up on his leg I got it.
“That’s my favorite move. It’s very hard to defend. When I get it, I get it.”
Joe Miller of Salesianum pinned all three of his opponents at 182 to earn the meet’s outstanding wrestler honor. Sallies teammate Riley Montgomery won the 285 final by pin for his 100th career victory.
Caravel had three individual winners – Nick Barnhart at 132, Josh Dailey at 160 and Keith Medley at 220. DMA got wins from Shane Cawman at 113 and Ryan Loose at 120, and Polytech’s Austin Price started the finals with a victory at 106.
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106 – Austin Price, Poly, dec. Zach Spence, Sal, 4-1; 113 – Shane Cawman, DMA, dec. Spenser Hahn, Poly, 6-4; 120 – Ryan Loose, DMA, dec. Hayden McCabe, SC, 10-6; 126 – Rashad Stratton, SC, maj. dec. Thien Nguyen, WP, 8-0; 132 – Nick Barnhart, Car, by default over Ryan Juarez-Robertson, WP; 138 – Alex Haber, WP, pinned Tolson, SC, 4:08; 145 – Justin Bennett, SC, dec. Jamier Schaener, AI, 6-4; 152 – Brandon Bautista, SC, tech. fall Kris Cannon, ST, 17-2 (2:25); 160 – Josh Dailey, Car, dec. Blake Chambers, SC, 6-4; 170 – Avery Mayan, Poly, dec. Lucas Hudson, SC, 2-1; 182 – Joe Miller, Sal, pinned Colin Bergh, ST, 3:20; 195 – John Morris, SC, dec. Myles Goodson, WP, 7-5; 220 – Keith Medley, Car, dec. Nazr Roberson, New, 6-4; 285 – Riley Montgomery, Sal, pinned Tim Dooley, WP, 2:43.
106 – Pike, WP, tech. fall Perez, SC, 16-1 (3:35); 113 – Rispoli, WP, maj. dec. Hamil, New, 11-2; 120 – LaMarche, Del, dec. McCurnin, Arch, 3-1; 126 – DiEdoardo, Car, dec. O’Connor, Del, 7-2; 132 – Morris, SC, pinned Deneunmaistier, Poly, 2:56; 138 – Hatfield, ST, dec. Harris, Poly, 3-1; 145- Morgan, DMA, dec. Schaefer, Car, 6-3; 152- Hanley, Sal, pinned Howell, DMA, 3:26; 160 – McCove, Poly, dec. Chin-A-Loy, Conr, 11-5; 170 – L. Montgomery, Sal, dec. Riley, DMA, 4-3; 182 – Wright, SC, by default over Twyman, WP; 195 – Adams, Car, dec. Spady, ST, 15-12; 220 – Scalia, DMA, dec. Santizo, SC, 8-3; 285 – Somerville, AI, dec. Cruz, SC, 4-0.
Team scores: 1. Sussex Central 288, 2. Salesianum 184, 3. DMA 181 ½; 4. William Penn 180, 5. Polytech 177 ½; 6. Caravel 166; 7. Sussex Tech 133; 8. Delcastle 106; 9. Archmere 95; 10. A.I. du Pont 69 ½; 11. Newark 59 ½; 12. Conrad 51; 13. Brandywine 45 ½; 14. Glasgow 31 ½; 15. St. Andrew’s 24; 16. McKean 22.