Sussex Central pins Tech in rivalry wrestling bout

GEORGETOWN – There wasn’t exactly a competition between Sussex Central wrestlers to see who could get the quickest pin of the evening.

Then again, with rival Sussex Tech across the mat on Wednesday, none of the Golden Knights wanted to give away any momentum either.

In a meet that began with the 106-pound weight class where Central’s Yony Perez scored a 59 second pin of Tech’s Ben Price, the Knights (1-0) raced out to an insurmountable lead after eight matches and cruised to a 62-18 victory over their rivals.

Central's Lucas Hudson (right) had one of the Knights' eight pins in a dual-meet win over Sussex Tech. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Central’s Lucas Hudson (right) had one of the Knights’ eight pins in a dual-meet win over Sussex Tech. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

“You’re just trying to get the win and get off (the mat),” said Knights 126-pounder Rashad Stratton, who pinned Gage Wootten in 1:30. “You want to keep the momentum going, and that’s what I did.”

Leading 6-0 after Perez’s pin, Central doubled its advantage a match later when Sussex Tech (0-2) forfeited at 113.

From there, Hayden McCabe made it 18-0, Central, when he pinned Hunter Hineline in one minute in their 120-pound bout before Stratton kept the streak going with his win by fall.

While many of Central’s eight pins in the match came in traditional ways, McCabe worked to his a little differently.

After giving up two points on a Hineline reversal, McCabe began working his way out the back and caught the Raven riding him high. Instead of getting back to neutral, McCabe used Hineline’s mistake to his advantage and was able to stick the sophomore’s shoulders to the mat without ever getting back to his feet.

“I was trying to shake him off, grab his head and pin him,” McCabe said. “I was definitely looking to pin him.”

Central’s streak of six-point wins came to an end at 132, but there Drew Morris was able to earn a tech fall victory over Freeman Jackson, making the team score 29-0.

Junior Max Tolson (138), senior Justin Bennett (145) and sophomore Tyler Bunting (152) all followed with pins in 1:14, 1:07 and 5:28, respectively, to make the score 47-0 and clinch the meet with six matches to go.

“Overall, I’m very proud of what we did,” Central head coach Phil Shultie said. “Coming in, we knew that we should win by a lot of points. I feel good with where we are, but we have a lot of work to do.”

Blake Chambers earned a victory by decision at 160 and Lucas Hudson (170) followed with the Knights’ quickest pin – 48 seconds – to extend Central’s streak to 10 straight match wins before Colin Bergh (182) got the Ravens on the board with a 2:28 fall.

Hayden McCabe was part of a 10-match win streak by Central to start its dual-meet versus Tech. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Hayden McCabe was part of a 10-match win streak by Central to start its dual-meet versus Tech. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Drew Morris (195) scored one more pin for Central in just less than five minutes before Sussex Tech picked up 12 team points with wins by fall at 220, by Robert Van Pelt, and in a heavyweight upset by Nushon Hood over Victor Cruz.

Sussex Central will be at Middletown Friday night before heading to the Beast of the East over the weekend. Tech will also send wrestlers to the Beast. Then both teams are off for a week before heading to Indian River High for the Battle at the Beach tournament.

“We need the practice time,” Shultie said of the long break from competitive wrestling between the Beast and the Battle at the Beach. “It’s hard to get them there (to practice) around Christmas, and they all want to eat, but we definitely need to practice.”

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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