On Saturday, 13 Delaware high schools kicked off their wrestling season at the Polytech Invitational held at Polytech High School in Woodside, Del. The Polytech Panthers took home first place overall with a score of 208.50, followed closely by the Milford Bucs who tied with William Penn for second place with 184.00 total points.
Polytech claimed four different weight class championships on Saturday leading the way toward opening their 2013 season with a team victory. Individually on Saturday, Spencer Hahn (106lbs), Kody Stevens (120lbs), Andy Schmeusser (126lbs), and Mark Mullnack (195lbs) all were champions of their respective weight classes.
Nick Padilla came in second at 152lbs for the Panthers, while Nathan Jackson (113lbs) and Austin Rains (170lbs) claimed third-place finishes Saturday. Josh Price (132lbs) and Derek Reigle (285lbs) fell in third-place bouts to finish fourth in their weight classes, and Justin Land (220lbs) landed a fall victory over Jonathan Williams of Lake Forest to claim fifth place to round out the Panthers top finishers.
While claiming no weight class championships, the Milford Bucs had a strong performance on the mat Saturday. Five Milford wrestlers, Jarek Lugo (120lbs), Justin Johnson (126lbs), Bart Dalious (132lbs), Myron Price (138lbs), and John Badger (145lbs), finished second in the season’s opening invitational.
Brian Wynes placed third for the Bucs at 220lbs, while Kenny Vanvorst (170lbs) and Oliver Shockley (195lbs) fell in third-place bouts to finish fourth Saturday.
The Dover Senators placed fourth with 166.00 paced by Jordan Olfus and Isaiah Abrams who both finished first in their respective weight classes. Mike D’Antonio placed in third at 126lbs for the Senators, while Kameron Hackney (145lbs), Josh Sudler (170lbs), and Kojo Sagoe (195lbs) were fifth place finishers. Austin Stanton (120lbs) and Luther Williams (160lbs) rounded out Dover’s top six finishers Saturday.
St. Georges Tech boasted two weight class champions on Saturday, Michael Albanese (160lbs) and Rocco Hladney (182lbs). The Hawks placed fifth on Saturday just over 20 points behind fourth place Dover and William Penn.