Central wrestling finishes fourth at Henlopen Conference Championships

MILFORD – A week following its 46-11 semifinals loss in the 2018 DIAA Dual-Meet State Championships, Sussex Central earned a fourth-place finish (out of 14 schools) at the Henlopen Conference Championships Saturday, Feb. 17.

Scoring 167.5 team points, the Golden Knights finished behind a trio of fellow Division I schools: first-place Smyrna (248.5), Caesar Rodney (189.0) and Dover (182.0).

Senior Drew Morris placed first in the 152-pound weight class, defeating Milford’s Khiry Hovington by 5-3 decision in overtime in Saturday night’s championship round.

Morris, earning a first-round bye in the 152-pound tournament, defeated Lake Forest’s Kurt Moyer (by pin) in the quarterfinals and Sussex Tech’s Mike Covey (15-6 major decision) in the semifinals to earn the spot in the finals.

Sussex Central senior Drew Morris stands atop the 152-pound podium at Saturday’s Henlopen Conference Championships (Special to the Sussex Post/Gene Shaner).

Senior Rashad Stratton (132) and junior Michael Wright (182) each earned second-place finishes for the Golden Knights.

Stratton lost by 5-3 decision to Smyrna’s Nick Natarcola in the 132-pound championship round.

Wright lost by 8-4 decision to Smyrna’s Josh Dailey in the 182-pound championship round.

In addition to the first-place and two second-place finishes, Central wrestlers had a third-place (106: Mason Ankrom) and a pair of fourth-place finishes (138: Brandon Greenlee, 170: Tyler Bunting).

Sussex Tech, earning 118.0 team points, finished seventh place behind fifth-place Milford (152.5) and sixth-place Cape Henlopen (133.0).

Jamie Schirmer, placing second in the 285-pound weight class, had Tech’s best individual finish of the day.

Indian River, fresh off a semifinals loss in the Div. II dual-meet tournament last Saturday, placed eighth as a team with 112.5 points.

Will Rayne earned IR’s lone first-place finish, defeating Smyrna’s Jaxson Al-Chokhachy by 8-4 decision in the 113-pound championship round.

Official team scores (according to trackwrestling.com):

1. Smyrna – 248.5
2. Caesar Rodney – 189.0
3. Dover – 182.0
4. Sussex Central – 167.5
5. Milford – 152.5
6. Cape Henlopen – 133.0
7. Sussex Tech – 118.0
8. Indian River – 112.5
9. Polytech – 84.0
10. Laurel – 80.5
11. Woodbridge – 70.5
12. Lake Forest 60.0
13. Delmar – 27.5
14. Seaford – 22.0

DIAA Individual State Championships

The final item on the 2017-18 wrestling agenda is the DIAA Individual State Championships, set for Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at Cape Henlopen High in Lewes.

Indian River’s Will Rayne earned the top seed in the 113-pound weight class.

Central, Tech and IR will be sending a combined 24 wrestlers to states. The full list from each of the three schools can be found below.

Sussex Central

Cole Jester – ninth seed in 113
Yony Morales – eighth seed in 120
Rashad Stratton – second seed in 132
Brandon Greenlee – seventh seed in 138
Jaden Savage – 15th seed in 145
Drew Morris – third seed in 152
Devin Pearsall – 10th seed in 160
Tyler Bunting – eighth seed in 170
Michael Wright – second seed in 182

Sussex Tech

Mason Rolph – 10th seed in 113
Hunter Hineline – 12th seed in 120
Roberto Santos – 10th seed in 138
Mikey Covey – 10th seed in 152
Trey Hatfield – sixth seed in 160
Tarryl Sturgis – 13th seed in 170
Andrew Hawkins – fifth seed in 220
Jamie Schirmer – fourth seed in 285

Indian River

Ian Schaubach – 10th seed in 106
Will Rayne – first seed in 113
Ta’Jon Knight – fifth seed in 120
Dylan Ely – eighth seed in 126
Reshawn Turner – 12th seed in 152
Zach Schultz – fifth seed in 195
Ramond Turner – fifth seed in 285

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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