Milford Invitational: Sussex Central places second, Morris wins weight class

MILFORD – Snowy weather conditions didn’t keep 10 Delaware wrestling squads from gathering at Milford High over the weekend for the annual Milford Invitational wrestling tournament Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

As a team, first-year head coach Shane Miller and his Sussex Central wrestling squad placed second overall. The Golden Knights scored 295.5 team points, behind only first-place Smyrna High’s 333.5 points.

Even with a second-place finish out of 10 schools, coach Miller noticed a few things he’d like to work on heading into Wednesday’s first dual-meet against Cape Henlopen.

“We could definitely tell it was our first tournament, we definitely have some things we need to work on, so we’ll get after it and get better each week,” he said.

Individually, Sussex Central had 15 wrestlers place in the top eight in their respective weight class.

Senior Drew Morris was one of those 15 wrestlers, taking home first place in the 152-pound weight class. Morris defeated St. Georges’ Hunter Beaudet, 5-0, in the championship round to solidify spot atop the podium.

“He did well,” coach Miller said of Morris’ performance. “He had a late start because of football, but has shown some leadership so far and hopefully he can keep that up as the season goes along.”

The remaining 14 Central wrestlers to place inside the top eight Saturday afternoon:

106-pound weight class: Cole Jester places third and Dany Ramirez places sixth.
113-pound: Mason Ankrom places fifth.
120-pound: Yony Morales places third.
126-pound: Junior Perez places sixth.
132-pound: Phil Stratton places eighth.
138-pound: Brandon Greenlee places third.
145-pound: Jaden Savage places fifth and Cody Langford places sixth.
152-pound: Drew Morris places first.
160-pound: Devin Pearsal places second.
170-pound: Tyler Bunting places second.
182-pound: Michael Wright places third.
195-pound: Luis Perez-Velasquez places fifth.
220-pound: Mario Santizo places second.
285-pound: Tyler Karr places third.

First-place Smyrna scored 333.5 team points as senior Tony Wuest captured the tournament’s “Most Outstanding Wrestler” award for the two-day event inside Milford Central Academy’s gymnasium.

Heading into Wednesday night’s dual-meet opener at home against Cape Henlopen, coach Miller’s approach is simple.

“We just want to improve every day, that’s all we need to do,” he said. “As long as we can learn from our mistakes and improve every day, we’ll be alright.”

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

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