Henlopen teams shine at first day of Milford Invitational wrestling tourney

Mike Giampietro of Smyrna scores back points against Riley Tracy of CR in the final seconds of their 152 pound match but it wasn’t enough as Tracy won by decision 8-5. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

MILFORD — The four Henlopen Conference teams make up the top-four at the Milford Invitational wrestling tournament after Friday’s first day of action.

Defending Division I state champion Sussex Central leads with 223.5 points with Smyrna in second with 220. Caesar Rodney (192) is in third while the hosts Milford is fourth in the 10-team field with 184.5 points.

Friday’s wrestling was done in a 12-wrestler scramble format. The weight classes were divided into two different pools with the top two wrestlers in each pool qualifying for today’s semifinals.

The meet is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. today.

Smyrna’s Joseph Natarcola and Caesar Rodney’s Patrick Wisniewski won their respective pools at 106 pound. Natarcola faces Milford’s Corey Messick in the semifinals and Wisniewski will meet Sussex Central’s Cole Jester. Natarcola had four pins while Wisniewski had three and one tech-fall.

Round 3 of the Milford Invitational put Milford’s Anthony Sollie against Christian Mathena of William Penn. Sollie won by pin in the first period.. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Kevin Bowne of Caesar Rodney and Jaxson Al-Chokhachy of Smyrna were the pool winners in the 113-pound bracket. Bowne and Milford’s Trent Grant will meet in the semifinals while Al-Chokhachy and Brandon Pike (William Penn) is the other matchup. Al-Chokhachy recorded three pins on Friday.

Robbie Rosser of Milford and Wyatt McMullen of St. Georges topped the pools at 120 pounds. Rosser faces Yony Morales of Sussex Central in the semifinals and McMullen meets Nicholas Bailey of Middletown. Rosser had three pins in his pool.

Cam Hayes (Caesar Rodney) and William Carl (Middletown) won the 126-pound pools. Hayes will meet Danny Rankin of St. Georges in the semifinals with Carl facing Drew Mayhall of Smyrna. Hayes had three pins and one tech-fall on Friday.

Patrick Wisniewski of Caesar Rodney scored a technical fall over Hodgson’s Ainsley Doyle in the third round at 106 pounds of Milford Invitational Friday night.. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Smyrna’s Nick Natarcola and Jacob Crenshaw of Milford were the 132-pound pool winners. Natarcola meets CR’s Ben Anderson today while Crenshaw will face Jeffrey Hewes of Delcastle in the semifinals. Natarcola and Crenshaw each had a pair of pins and one tech-fall in their pools.

Jackson Dean (CR) and Liam O’Connor (Delcastle) topped the 138-pound pools. Dean meets Brandon Greenlee of Sussex Central while O’Connor will face Dontae Ferrara of St. Georges in the semifinals. Dean recorded a pin in all three of his pool matches.

Smyrna’s Greg Baum and Milford’s Oscar Rosario won their pools at 145. Baum vs. Danny O’Connor of Delcastle is the first semifinal with Rosario vs. Jonnir Watson (William Penn) following. Baum had a pair of pins Friday.

Smyrna’s Jaxson Al-Chokhachy scored a first round fall over Elijah Rivera of Hodgson to advance past the third round of the 113-pound match of the Milford Invitational. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Drew Morris (Sussex Central) and Hunter Beaudet (St. Georges) won the 152-pound pools. Khi Hovington of Milford will face Beaudet today with Riley Tracy of Caesar Rodney facing Morris in the other semifinal.

Smyrna’s J.T. Davis and Sussex Central’s Devin Pearsal topped the pools at 160. Davis faces Enoch Santiago (Hodgson) while Pearsal will meet Nate Fulton (St. Georges) in the semifinals. Davis recorded two pins and a tech-fall in his pool.

Tyler Bunting of Sussex Central and Brian Schneider of Middletown won the two pools at 170. Schneider will face Evan Roberts (Wilmington Christian) and Jeremiah Farrington faces Bunting in the semifinals.

Dakota Kerr of Smyrna and Ryan Rigby (CR) topped the 182-pound pools. Kerr faces Michael Wright (Sussex Central) and Rigby will meet William Penn’s Nick Lane. Kerr and Rigby each picked up three pins Friday.

Jacob Crenshaw of Milford battles William Penn’s Jarod Brindza in the 3rd round of the 132 pound weight class Friday night. Crenshaw won by fall in the 2nd period. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Tony Wuest of Smyrna and CR’s Paul Hicks were the pool winners at 195. Wuest will meet Milford’s Eric Bennett and Hicks faces Darius Hale of Hodgson. Wuest pinned all three of his opponents in 33 seconds or less, Hicks also had three pins Friday.

Andrew DeBenedictis (Smyrna) and Mario Santizo (Sussex Central) were the 220-pound pool winners. Santizo meets Hodgsons’ Servante Seda and Troy Gale of William Penn squares off with DeBenedictis in the semifinals. DeBenedictis who had pins in all three of his contests.

In the heavyweight bracket, Anthony Diaz of Milford and Nick Terzaghi of St. Georges of St. Georges won their pools. Diaz will meet Tyler Karr of Sussex Central while Terzaghi faces Joe Behornar in the other semifinal.

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