Dover grapplers rally to top host Cape Henlopen 39-30

LEWES — Dover High was down early in its dual meet at Cape Henlopen High.

And heavyweight Jaden Adkins trailed at the beginning of his individual match.

But like the rest of his Senator teammates had done, Adkins found a way to battle back.

Dover rallied for a 39-30 victory over the Vikings in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division contest on Wednesday night. The Senators improved to 10-3 on the season and 3-2 in the Henlopen North.

Adkins was one of a few key swing matches for the Senators.

He fell behind 1-0 in the second period before getting an escape point in the third to send his matchup to overtime. In an ultimate tiebreaker, Adkins was able to earn back points for a 4-1 decision.

“One thing about our team is that we’re resilient,” Adkins said. “We’re going to keep fighting no matter what. We’re always going to be a team and keep fighting.”

One match earlier 220-pounder Hugo Harp had given Dover its first lead of the night with a narrow 3-2 decision. Dover had trailed 15-0 after the first three matches but tied it 21-21 when Azim Opare recorded a pin at 195.

Harp and Adkins’ decisions extended the Dover advantage to 17-21 but it was soon tied again after Dover forfeited at 106. But the Senators followed with back-to-back pins by Anthony Glass (113) and Amir Pierce (120).

Coach Aaron Harris credited the two heavyweights for bringing momentum back to Dover in two matches that could have been toss ups.

“That really swung the match back our way at heavyweight,” Harris said. “Then 220 was one of the toughest battles we had all day and fortunately we came out of that one with a close win.”

“I had to keep the mindset of going out there and doing my thing.” Harp said of his match. “Just like I’ve done all year. I think we’re capable of some dangerous things. We have to believe in our moves and believe in ourselves to accomplish that.”

Cape Henlopen was led by Andre Currie (138), Jackson Handlin (145) and Chris Hanlin (170) who each picked up a victory via pin. Finbar Rishko (132) and Anthony Caruso (126) won their matches by decision for the Vikings who dropped to 1-3 in the Henlopen North and 3-3 overall.

Tyshaun Cole (152) and Divine Watkins (160) added pins for Dover while Sam Arkwuoille (182) earned a decision victory.

Dover had lost its last eight meetings against Cape Henlopen.

“We like the win,” Harris said. “We didn’t wrestle our best, we’re missing a couple of kids, to no fault of anyone and then Cape came out and just wrestled tough. I’ll give them credit. They wrestled tough.”

“I like that we’re getting better everyday,” Harris added. “We’re pretty young, we’re pretty novice but the younger guys are listening and getting better. That’s all we can ask for.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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