Anthony Andrews of Sussex Tech top and Malachi Stratton of Sussex Central photo courtesy of Eric Donato

DIAA State Wrestling Championships Bracket Breakdown

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106 pounds This may be the most wide open bracket in the tournament. Top seed Austin Gueirrieri (Cape Henlopen) is the favorite with wins over all top seeds, but he will see eighth grader Dominic Spennato (Red Lion) who he had the narrowest margin of victory over this year, a 3-2 decision back in January. The top bracket is loaded …

Sussex Central Division I wrestling state champions posing with the state championship trophy photo courtesy of Sussex Central Facebook

Sussex Central rolls early to state dual championship

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Smyrna – Sussex Central head coach Shane Miller used the experience of last year to motivate his team on what it would take to win the DIAA Division I state wrestling championship. “Last year after we lost I took them into the locker room and told them we will be back here and remember what this feels like,” Miller said. That …

Delaware Military Academy DMA wrestling posing with the division II state championship trophy photo courtesy of DMA Athletics Twitter

Seahawks pin their way to second state wrestling title

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Smyrna – Delaware Military Academy rode six pins enroute to a 38-32 victory over St. Mark’s to capture the DIAA Division II state championships. The title was the second for the Seahawks in consecutive years. The championship match began at 113 pounds, the Seahawks reeled off three straight wins to begin the match all earning bonus points. Cole Perrin got it …

Walter Toomer of Caesar Rodney gets a pin in his 215 pound match in 430. The pin gave the Riders a dramatic 33 31 win photo courtesy of Eric Donato

Top seeds advance in DIAA wrestling championships

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The top seeds in both Division I and Division II tournaments advanced on Wednesday night. Winners from Wednesday night will advance to the state semifinals to be held on Saturday at Smyrna High School.   Division I   Sussex Central 55 – Sussex Tech 14 – Sussex Central won the first eight weight classes to put the match away before Sussex …

The top two 126 pounders in the state Trevor Copes of Caesar Rodney top and Aaron Menickella of St. Marks lock up in their dual meet. Copes won an 0 major decision photo courtesy of Eric Donato

Caesar Rodney upsets St. Mark’s in wrestling showdown

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Camden – It brought back memories of over a decade ago when Caesar Rodney and St. Mark’s battled year in and year out for prominence on the mat in Delaware. The resurgence of the Spartans wrestling program this year has them ranked number one in Division II in the Delaware Live Sports wrestling rankings, while the Riders are the number four …

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Delaware wrestlers face some of nation’s best at Beast of the East

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  Newark – The Bob Carpenter Center on the Campus of the University of Delaware with 12 wrestling mats sprawled across the floor was the battle ground for the 31st Beast of the East High School Wrestling Tournament. The event featured 960 wrestlers from 168 teams representing 24 states converging on Newark, Delaware. “It was a little overwhelming, but it was …

Natalie Radecki of Caravel Academy wrestling in the Beast of the East last year photo courtesy of Caravel Athletics

Radecki and Till reach Girls Beast of the East finals

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  Newark – The Second Annual Girls Beast of the East wrestling tournament was center stage Friday night at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware. The event attracted 140 girls from 12 states including 12 girls from Delaware. The first state had a pair of finalists as Natalie Radecki of Caravel Academy returned to the …

Jevon Saffold during a fight in Okinawa Japan. Photo credit Ryuku Fight Club

Former Sussex Central wrestler takes his talents to Japan

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Okinawa, Japan is far far away from Long Neck, Delaware. A 13 hour time difference to be exact. But that is where former two sport high school athlete Jevon Saffold has already made a name for himself fighting in the cage. Saffold, a 2019 graduate of Sussex Central High School  joined the United States Air Force after graduation. He is …

Delaware Military wrestling team poses after winning the Milford Invitational wrestling championship photo courtesy of DMA Athletics Twitter page 1

Delaware Military wins Milford Invitational

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Milford – Fourteen teams throughout the state converged on Milford Central Academy on Saturday for the 64th Milford Invitational Wrestling Tournament. When the dust settled the Delaware Military Academy Seahawks emerged with the team title scoring 463.5 points to finish ahead of Wm. Penn 415.5 and Caesar Rodney 400. Smyrna and Milford rounded out the top five. Delaware Military crowned six …

Salesianum football running back BJ Alleyne runs for a touchdown n the football state championship photo couretsy of Dennell Henriquez

Third quarter surge propels Salesianum to 3A state title

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Newark – Cape Henlopen and Salesianum came into the DIAA Class AAA championship game statistically even. After the first half the two were tied 10-10. Then Salesianum erupted for 21 unanswered points in the third quarter on their way to a 45-17 victory winning their first Class AAA state championship and their eighth overall title. It was also the first title …