With the high school wrestling season in full gear, 18 schools from the state of Delaware converged to Delcastle Technical High School for the Delcastle wrestling invitational last weekend.
Both Sussex Tech and Sussex Central had standout performances at the tournament, with the Ravens taking first place and the Golden Knights placing fifth overall.
While claiming just weight class champion on Sunday in Juwan Massey, the Ravens were still able to clinch first overall with a well-rounded effort from the entire squad over the weekend.
Massey, who took home first-place at 113lbs, won all four of his bouts by pin-fall eventually defeating St. Mark’s Justin Englemann in the championship round.
The Ravens boasted four third-place finishers over the weekend, Donnie Tingle, Tyler Jump, Dimarco Dorsey, and Ryan Parker.
Tingle defeated Sussex Central’s Jordan West, Cape Henlopen’s Max Norquest, Jake Banner of Newark and Anthony Dominelli of Hodgson to claim third-place at 106lbs. After falling to Milford’s Jarek Lugo, Jump defeated Sussex Central’s Morgan Mears, and Elijah Walton of Conrad to take third-place at 120lbs. Dimarco Dorsey took down Dane Diksa of Salesianum to claim third at 152lbs, and Ryan Parker defeated Travis Testa of Conrad in the third-place bout at 195lbs to pace the Ravens.
The Ravens were able to fend off Salesianum by just a half of a point to win the overall title at Delcastle. Salesianum has been impressive this season and last weekend was no different. Sallies boasted five weight-class champions over the weekend including Louie Fedele (160lbs), Daulton Gregory (182lbs), Bubba Mancini (195lbs), Garret Miller (220lbs), and Riley Montgomery (285lbs).
While it was Tech’s weekend, the Golden Knights were not without their standouts at Delcastle. Justin Bennett led the way for Central taking first-place at 145lbs after defeating Lucas Monson of Woodbridge by a 10-2 Major Decision to take the crown. Also, Willian Ortiz took third-place for the Golden Knights defeating Jake Bruce of Salesianum also by a Major Decision 9-1 to earn the third spot at 126lbs.
The start of the tournament was delayed by a day due to inclement weather, but the two-day tournament was fit in on Saturday and Sunday. Due to the delay a few teams weren’t able to participate, including Lake Forest and William Penn.
Sussex Tech was also awarded the sportsmanship award and Brandon Wolfe of the host school Delcastle was named outstanding wrestler.
Both Sussex Tech and Sussex Central return to the mat on Wednesday night when they travel to Felton, Del. to take on the Lake Forest Spartans, while the Golden Knights will host Cape Henlopen.