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.
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).
Jason Stevens (113lbs), Jake Bruce (126lbs), and Dane Diksa (152lbs) all finished fourth in their respective weight-classes to round out the top Sallies’ finishers.
For St. Mark’s, who finished seventh overall over the weekend, Michael Vietri took home first-place honors defeating Milford’s Bart Dalious by a 3-0 decision at 132lbs.
Justin Englemann (113lbs) took home second-place, while Thomas Otlowski (138lbs) and Keith Medley (220lbs) won consolation finals to place third.
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.
Salesianum is back on the mat this Saturday when they host William Penn at 2:00 p.m. Meanwhile, St. Mark’s will participate in the Virginia duals this weekend at the Hampton Coliseum.