Sussex Central earns No. 2 seed in state wrestling tourney

SMYRNA – Two-time defending state dual meet wrestling champion Milford is headed back to Smyrna High Tuesday for a shot at a third straight Division II title. And the Buccaneers are again the tournament’s No. 1 seed.

Milford (8-2), the Henlopen South champion, will be joined by Blue Hen Flight B winner St. Georges (8-3), Sanford (4-4), Delaware Military Academy (7-2), Caravel (9-2) and Hodgson (10-3) in the tourney. The Buccaneers and No. 2 St. Georges will have first round byes.

Knights 152-pounder Brandon Bautista works for some back points. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Knights 152-pounder Brandon Bautista works for some back points. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

First round wrestling begins at 3:30 p.m. and the highest remaining seed will advance to face St. Georges, the lowest will meet Milford.

Division I

While Milford is the only Henlopen team invited to the D-II field, five Northern Division teams will be wrestling for the Division I championship.

Like Milford, twice-defending state champion Smyrna will again be the No. 1 seed. The Eagles are followed by Sussex Central (11-1), Caesar Rodney (8-3), Cape Henlopen (9-3), Polytech (8-4) and Blue Hen Flight A champion Wilmington Charter (8-2).

As is the case with the Division II field, the top two seeds – Smyrna and Sussex Central, which is making its first appearance in the tournament since 2013 – will earn byes. Semifinals matchups will pit Smyrna against the lowest remaining seed, Central versus the highest.

Round one for both tournaments will begin at the 220-pound weight class, the semifinals at 285 and championships at 106.

Tickets are available at and at the door for $8 and are good for all rounds.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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