Local Roundup: Smyrna’s Wuest finishes 2nd at Beast of East; Wesley men, women fall

Tony Wuest finished second in the 195-pound weight class at the Beast of the East Tournament on Sunday — the best individual finish for a Delaware high school wrestler since 2013.

The Smyrna High senior was seeking to become the first Delawarean to win his weight class since Smyrna’s Brent Fleetwood did it in 2012. Wuest became the first Delaware runner-up since Fleetwood in 2013.

Wuest, who was the No. 2 seed, reached the final with a 5-2 decision over 10th-seeded Austin Stith of Mount St. Joseph in the quarterfinals before earning a 1-0 decision in the semifinals against third seed Peyton Craft of Blair Academy, N.J.

Wuest fell to top seed Michael Beard of Malvern Prep, Pa., the No. 2-ranked 195-pounder in the nation. Beard won with a 17-6 major-decision. Wuest was the only wrestler in the bracket to face Beard and last all six minutes.

Milford’s Robbie Rosser was the only other Delaware wrestler to finish on the podium. The 120-pounder recorded an eighth place finish.

Blair Academy won the team title for the 22nd time in the tournament’s 25-year history. Smyrna had the best team finish for Delaware schools — 26th overall out of more than 130 teams.

Men’s basketball

Roanoke 79, Wesley 76: The Wolverines fell to the hosts in the championship game of the Cregger Invitational on Sunday

The back-and-forth contest saw 18 lead changes and seven ties. Roanoke took the 77-73 lead when C.J. Miles hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds to go in regulation. Brian Cameron pulled the Roanoke lead within one when he drained a three-pointer with five seconds left in regulation.

After a Wesley foul, Eli Sumpter made both of his free throws to push the Roanoke lead to three points with four seconds left in the game. Wesley had a chance to tie and force overtime when Evan Anderson had a good look from three-point range but the shot rimmed out to give Roanoke the championship.

Mychal Stefanides led Wesley with a season-high 32 points. Stefanides was 10-of-21 from the field and 8-of-15 from beyond the three-point line. He also recorded four rebounds, two steals and two assists.

Paul Clemons registered his first double-double of the year. Clemons tallied 14 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Clemons was 6-of-7 from field and knocked down both of his free throw attempts.

Brian Cameron also scored double figures for Wesley, notching 12 points. Cameron added six rebounds, five assists and two steals. George Cook picked up nine points and four assists off the bench.

Cameron and Stefanides were named to the All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the invitational. Cameron totaled 40 points, 12 points, seven assists and four steals while Stefanides collected 39 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals in the tournament.

WOMEN, Catholic 68, Wesley 41: Monshea Newsome-Murray led the Wolverines with 15 points, four steals, four rebounds and three assists but the Wolverines dropped a road nonconference contest.

Shelby Johnson and Tiyanna Gibbs each collected six points apiece. Gibbs reeled in a team-high eight rebounds while Johnson pulled down seven boards and blocked three shots.

Paige Hailstock recorded five points and four rebounds off the bench.

La Salle 69, Delaware State 48: La Salle had four different players in double figures as it dealt the Hornets a nonconference defeat.

DSU led 14-12 after the first quarter but the Explorers outscored the Hornets 25-8 in the second to built their big lead.

Lanayjha Ashe paced DelState with 17 points. Ryan Jones also finished in double figures with 10 points and Syonah Williams contributed nine rebounds.

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