Roundup: Walker’s final decision lifts CR wrestlers by Cape

Dante Walker’s decision in the night’s final match gave Caesar Rodney High a 38-30 victory over Cape Henlopen in Henlopen Northern Division wrestling on Wednesday.

The Riders were making their dual-meet debut under first-year coach Dan Rigby, a former CR wrestler. The Riders lost to the Vikings in each of the last two seasons.

CR was leading 35-30 when Walker posted a 4-3 victory at 182 pounds.

Winning by pin for the Riders were Mike Clavier (220 pounds), Cameron Hayes (113), Mason Harrington (120) and Chase Mounts (145).

Cape picked up pins from Joel Torres (195), Max Norquest (126) and Cory Lawson (160).

Delmar 48, Indian River 29: The Wildcats closed out the Henlopen South win with three straight pins.

Maguire Free (195), Daniel Smullen (220) and Brandon Thompson (285) all won by fall. Thompson’s pin came in just 35 seconds.

Also posting pins for Delmar were Isaac O’Neal (106), Braxston Stevenson (120), Nathaniel Vincent (138), Logan Thomas (145) and Chance Watts (152).

For the Indians, Shawn Waters (132), Zeke Marcozzi (170) and John Keller (182) won by fall.

Boys’ basketball

Worcester Prep, Md. 39, Delmarva Christian 34: The Royals (3-3) had a three-game winning streak snapped with the loss.

Girls’ basketball

Sussex Central 62, Polytech 39: The Golden Knights earned the Henlopen North win on Wednesday.

Worcester Prep 45, Delmarva Christian 35: Ashlee McCoy netted 14 points for the Royals in their loss.

College football

Curtis named All-American: University of Delaware senior football standout Ben Curtis picked up his third honor of the postseason Wednesday when he was named to the Associated Press All-American second team.

Curtis, a 6-6, 290 lb. offensive tackle from Columbia, Md. (Calvert Hall High School), was previously named first team All-Colonial Athletic Association in November and earned a spot on the College Sports Madness All-American third team last week.

The honor for Curtis marks the second straight year the Blue Hens have had a player honored on the Associated Press team after punter Eric Enderson earned third team honors last season. Delaware has now placed at least one student-athlete on a postseason All-American football team for 14 straight years.

“We are excited for Ben to receive this honor, it is well deserved,” said Delaware head coach Dave Brock. “Ben’s been an anchor on our offensive line for a number of years and has consistently played at an exceptionally high level. He is a great teammate and has earned his degree. We couldn’t be happier for him.”

Curtis becomes the first Blue Hen offensive lineman honored by the AP since guard and current Atlanta Falcon Gino Gradkowski was a second team pick in 2011 and the first offensive tackle since Mike Byrne was a third team selection in 2007.

A criminal justice major, Curtis was a four-year starter and was the lone Blue Hen selected to the All-CAA first team during the 2015 season. Also a second team All-CAA pick in 2014, Curtis played in 43 career games for Delaware and started each of his final 40 contests. He anchored an offensive front that has helped Delaware rank No. 2 in the CAA and No. 17 nationally in rushing offense at 219.4 yards per game in 2015.

Curtis was one of 12 Colonial Athletic Association players honored by the AP, joining first team picks in Richmond OL Nick Ritcher, Villanova LB Don Cherry, and William & Mary DB DeAndre Houston-Carson; second team picks in Richmond RB Jacobi Green, Maine OL Bruce Johnson, Richmond WR Brian Brown, Stony Brook DL Victor Ochi, and William & Mary K Nick Dorka; and third team selections in James Madison OL Mitch Kirsch, Richmond DB David Jones, and New Hampshire DB Casey DeAndrade.

College basketball

MEN, Grand Canyon 88, Delaware State 59: Grand Canyon shot better than 55 percent from the field to highlight its win over the Hornets late Tuesday night.

Joshua Braun led four Antelopes in double figures with 18 points.

Devin Morgan and DeAndre Haywood came off the bench to lead the Hornets with 14 points each. Morgan’s point total marked a career-high. He also had a career-best four three-point field goals, high for a DSU player this season.

Haywood also matched his career-high with five assists to lead the Hornets (0-10).

The Grand Canyon contest was Delaware State’s sixth of nine consecutive road games,

Mrdjan Gasevic, also off the bench, had a season-high eight points and tied for the team lead with four rebounds for DSU.

Grand Canyon was red-hot in the first half,  connecting on eight of its first 11 shots from the floor. The Antelopes opened up a 28-16 lead on a jumper by De’Andre Davis with 7:11 to go before halftime.

Delaware State responded with a 10-4 run, and pulled to within 30-26 on a three-pointer by Haywood with 4:26 left in the half.

The Lopes scored 10 of the last 12 points in the half to lead 40-28 at the break.  Grand Canyon was 16-for-23 from the field (69.6 percent) and six-of-10 on three-point shots (60 percent) in the first half.

Morgan had a team-high 11 points in the first 20 minutes for the Hornets.

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