High school wrestling notebook: Division races shaping up in Henlopen North, South

Dover head coach Aaron Harris. (Delaware State News file photo)

As the season winds down, the race for the Henlopen Conference divisional titles is becoming clearer.

Two teams in both the Northern and Southern Divisions are still unbeaten in their respective divisions with less than two weeks left before the end of the regular season.

Smyrna High and Caesar Rodney High are tied atop the Henlopen North with a 4-0 and 3-0 divisional record respectively. Indian River (5-0) and Laurel (4-0) are still undefeated in South play.

Smyrna and Caesar Rodney square off next Saturday, Feb. 3, in what will be the season finale for Smyrna. The Eagles still have to face Sussex Central on Wednesday while the Riders have Dover on Wednesday and then a matchup against Cape Henlopen Feb. 7 to wrap up the division slate.

Dover and Cape Henlopen (1-4) are the only two Northern teams to have wrestled five division dual meets. The Senators are 3-2 with just the contest against Caesar Rodney left.

While Dover is likely out of the race for the North title, the Senators are in good shape for a bid to the six-team dual meet Division I tournament on Feb. 10.

“At this point in the season I like that we’re getting better every day,” said Dover coach Aaron Harris after a recent dual meet. “We teach certain things in certain positions and we come out and try to implement them. The guys are getting better every day. The younger guys are listening and getting better. That’s all we can ask for at this point.”

Sussex Central, the defending state champion, is another Henlopen North team likely to make the state tournament.

The Golden Knights, like Dover, have three wins in North play but hold the tiebreaker against the Senators with a head-to-head victory. Sussex Central finishes its division slate with Smyrna on Wednesday followed by Sussex Tech on the season’s final day Feb. 7.

The battle for the Southern Division championship will be decided at noon Saturday, Feb. 3, when Laurel travels to Indian River.

While Indian River has wrestled five of its six Henlopen South matches, Laurel has one more left. The Bulldogs take on Seaford this Wednesday.

Bonus points

• Smyrna’s last three matches of the season are especially tough. The Eagles face Sussex Central and Caesar Rodney along with Salesianum in a span of four days.

• When Sussex Tech defeated Cape Henlopen on Wednesday night it was the first Henlopen North victory of the year for the Ravens.

• Milford is competing in the Legacy Duals hosted by Hodgson on Saturday. The Buccaneers are the only Henlopen Conference team entered in the 10-team field.

• The Henlopen Conference individual championships will be hosted by Milford High Feb. 16 and Feb. 17. Cape Henlopen High is hosting the state championships Feb. 23 and Feb. 24.

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