While some sports slowed down during the holiday season, high school wrestling was not one of them with many schools from the first state competing in tournaments in and out of Delaware.
Over the weekend 18 Delaware high schools participated in the Delcastle Invitational at Delcastle Technical high school in Wilmington, Del. Along with six other Henlopen Conference squads, the Milford Bucs made the trip north finishing fifth overall.
The Sussex Tech Ravens took home the crown, one of five Henlopen teams – including Milford – to finish in the top 10 after Sunday’s championship round.
While claiming just weight class champion on Sunday in Juwan Massey, the Ravens were still able to clinch first overall with a well-rounded effort from the entire squad over the weekend.
Massey, who took home first-place at 113lbs, won all four of his bouts by pin-fall eventually defeating St. Mark’s Justin Englemann in the championship round. The Ravens also boasted four third-place finishers in the tournament, Donnie Tingle (106lbs), Tyler Jump (120lbs), Dimarco Dorsey (152lbs), and Ryan Parker (195lbs).
The Ravens were able to fend off Salesianum by just a half of a point to win the overall title at Delcastle. Salesianum has been impressive this season and last weekend was no different. Sallies boasted five weight-class champions over the weekend including Louie Fedele (160lbs), Daulton Gregory (182lbs), Bubba Mancini (195lbs), Garret Miller (220lbs), and Riley Montgomery (285lbs).
For the Bucs, Alex Creasey continues to impress at 106lbs winning his weight class for the second straight tournament after doing so at the Battle at the Beach nearly two weeks ago. Creasey defeated Polytech’s Spenser Hahn by a 6-0 decision to help lead Milford to their sixth-place finish.
Two other Milford wrestlers reached the final round, Jarek Lugo (120lbs) and Bart Dalious (132lbs). Lugo fell to Polytech’s Kody Stevens by a Major Decision 12-3, while Dalious dropped a close bout to St. Mark’s Michael Vietri 3-0.
Along with Lugo and Dalious, Milford had more top finishers; John Badger (145lbs) and Kenny Vanvorst (170lbs) were winners in third-place bouts at Delcastle. Badger took care of Sussex Tech’s Matt Tull by a 2-1 decision, and Vanvorst defeated Pierce Armstrong of Hodgson by a 4-3 decision.
Jeremiah Bonville defeated J.R. Keleman of Polytech by pin-fall to clinch fifth-place at 160lbs to round out Milford’s top finishers.
The start of the tournament was delayed by a day due to inclement weather, but the two-day tournament was fit in on Saturday and Sunday. Due to the delay a few teams weren’t able to participate, including Lake Forest and William Penn.
Sussex Tech was also awarded the sportsmanship award and Brandon Wolfe of the host school Delcastle was named outstanding wrestler.
After traveling to Seaford on Wednesday for a matchup with the Blue Jays, Milford will participate in the Bob Rowe Memorial Classic tournament held at the Wicomico Civic Center beginning Friday night and running through Saturday. Other participants include Sussex Tech, Delmar, Seaford and Sussex Central.