The Sussex Tech Ravens (3-3) wrestling squad draws the tough Caesar Rodney Riders (4-2) Wednesday night in a Henlopen Conference match up.
The Ravens are coming off a convincing 52-22 win over the Dover Senators last Friday. After a 2-0 start Tech stumbled a bit losing three in a row to Salesianum, Smyrna and rival Sussex Central. During that losing streak Tech leaned heavily on two underclassmen who found success in the losses.
Junior Nick Bennett (145lbs) and sophomore Riley Parker (182lbs) were both impressive in wins against Smyrna and Salesianum.
Parker kept his winning ways going against Dover on Friday, while Bennett won by forfeit against the Senators. Aside from 3 forfeits in the Ravens favor, the Ravens took 7 of the remaining matches on Friday night.
The Ravens hope to use the momentum gained against Dover against a very tough Caesar Rodney squad. The Riders, led by Connor Castellon, Danny Ortiz, Tony Scarfo, Brandon Scott and Micah Hight come into Wednesday’s matchup having won two straight.
“We are looking forward to wrestling CR,” said Sussex Tech Head Coach Scott Layfield. “They are a very talented team throughout their lineup. We are looking for our entire team to step up against Caesar Rodney; some good hardnosed wrestling from both teams should be expected.”
In their last two, against Henlopen Conference squads Polytech and Milford, the Riders outscored the two 118-24.
Aside from struggles in the Easton Area HS tournament in Pennsylvania, the Riders have dominated competition within the state. In three in-state match ups – all Henlopen Conference foes- CR is 3-0 outscoring their opponents 163-42, making the task ahead Wednesday for the Ravens a tough one.
“They have a few dominate guys and we have a few dominate guys,” said Layfield. “We are looking to wrestle them hard for 6 minutes and more if needed. We need to score bonus points when we earn victories and can’t give up any with defeat.”
After Wednesday’s match up with the Riders, the road does not get any easier for Tech. Next up for the Ravens is a quad-meet against Indian River, Sussex Central and Woodbridge. Then, they face an undefeated Middletown squad before finishing off their season against tough Henlopen squads Milford and Polytech.
With a record of 3-3, Wednesday’s match up should tell us a lot about where the Ravens stand amongst the state’s elite.