Local wrestling notebook: Busy week of break for downstate wrestlers

Caesar Rodney’s Kevin Hudson (left) won 285-pound weight class title at the Trojan Wars in Pennsylvania over break, one of three downstaters to earn a championship. File photo

Wrestling did not take any time off during the holiday break.

Nine downstate wrestlers took home individual titles last week at different invitationals as the wrestling season shifts into 2020.

Smyrna High and Caesar Rodney High traveled to the Trojan Wars, hosted in Chambersburg, Pa. They were two of 49 teams entered in the invitational and combined for two titles.

Gabe Giampietro and J.T. Davis took home championships for the Eagles. Giampietro won the 106-pound title with four pins before an 8-1 decision in the final round while Davis (182 pounds) recorded three pins and won the weight class with a 7-0 decision in the finals.

Kevin Hudson earned the 285-pound championship for Caesar Rodney. The Rider heavyweight won the title thanks to a sudden victory in overtime and posted two other victories via decision plus one pinfall in the tournament.

The Riders also had Jackson Dean with a runner-up finish at 285 pounds. Smyrna’s Hugo Harp picked up a third-place finish at 220 pounds.

Smyrna finished third in the team standings. Caesar Rodney was 17th overall.

While those two went out of state over break, Indian River High hosted numerous instate teams at its own Battle at the Beach tournament.

The Henlopen Conference came away with six individual champions — led by Milford with two. Jack Thode was the 120-pound winner and Bevensky Augustin won at 182 pounds.

Jevon Saffold of Sussex Central at 145, Andre Currie of Cape Henlopen at 170, Kris Thompson of Lake Forest at 220 and Ramond Turner of Indian River at 285 rounded out the downstate winners.

Sussex Central was the best downstate team with a third place finish in the team standings. Cape Henlopen was fourth, Milford sixth, Woodbridge seventh, Lake Forest eighth, Sussex Tech ninth and Indian River 10th out of 18 teams.

Bonus points

• Twenty-four teams are slated to partake in the Delcastle Invitational today and Saturday, hosted at Delcastle Vo-Tech. Caesar Rodney, First State Military Academy, Indian River, Polytech, Sussex Tech and Woodbridge are the downstate teams in the field.

• The lone instate dual meet matchup this weekend is this afternoon at 4 p.m. when St. Georges travels to Sussex Central.

• Cape Henlopen is competing at the Iron Horse Duals this weekend, hosted by C. Milton Wright High of Maryland.

• Delmar is entered in the Easton New Year’s Brawl, hosted at Easton High in Maryland.