Smyrna has 10 in semifinals at Henlopen wrestling tournament

Anthony Glass of Dover won with a fall in the second period against Hunter Ruff of Sussex Tech in the 106-pound preliminary round Friday night. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

MILFORD — All of the top seeds advanced after the first day of the Henlopen Conference individual wrestling championships Friday night at Milford High.

The action continues today with the semifinals at 11 a.m. and the championship round scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per session.

Benedict Anderson of CR won the 132-pound weight class with a 9-4 decision over Cape’s Finbar Rishko.. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Smyrna High has the most wrestlers in the semifinals, with 10 wrestlers still alive in the 14 weight classes. Dover High has eight, Caesar Rodney High has seven while Sussex Central High and Milford High each have six wrestlers remaining.

Five of Smyrna’s 10 semifinalists were the top seed in their bracket and only needed to win one match on Friday after receiving a first-round bye.
Those five are Joey Natarcola (106 pounds), Greg Baum (145), Dakota Kerr (170), Josh Dailey (182) and Tony Wuest (195).

Jaxson Al-Chokhachy (113), Nick Natarcola (132), Ryan Kelley (138), J.T. Davis (160) and Hunter Moyer (220) also advanced on Friday for the Eagles.

Caesar Rodney, Sussex Central and Milford each had two of the top seeds who earned a semifinal appearance. CR, who won the Division I state dual meet title last Saturday, had Cam Hayes (126) and Jackson Dean (138) still left as No. 1 seeds.

Hunter Hineline of Sussex Tech pinned Smyrna’s Easley Pierson to advance in the 120 weight class Friday night Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Sussex Central has Rashad Stratton (132) and Drew Morris (152) while Milford, the state’s Division II dual meet champion, has Robbie Rosser (120) and Anthony Diaz (220). The other top seeds who advanced Friday are Will Rayne of Indian River (113), Avery Mayan of Polytech (160) and Jamie Schirmer of Sussex Tech at heavyweight.

Dover did not have a top-seed but were able to land the second-most wrestlers in the semifinals. The Senators were led by Anthony Glass (106), Amir Pierce (120), Tykwan Joyner (126), Richard Fonticiella (132), Tyshaun Cole (152), Divine Watkins (160), Sam Arkwuoille Jr. (182) and Jaden Atkins (285).

Caesar Rodney has Pat Wisniewski (106), Kevin Bowne (113), Mike Primo (120), Paul Hicks (182) and Kevin Hudson (285) still wrestling along with its two top seeds.

Tyshaun Cole of Dover advances after beating Michael Plummer of Woodbridge in the 152-pound match of the opening round of the Henlopen Conference championships Friday night. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Trenton Grant (113), Oscar Rosaria (145), Khiry Hovington (152) and Eric Bennett (195) are the four other semifinalists for Milford. Mason Ankrom (106), Brandon Greenlee (138), Tyler Bunting (170) and Michael Wright (182) from Sussex Central also made the semifinals to join their top seeds.

Indian River and Cape Henlopen each sent four wrestlers to the semifinals.

The Indians have Rayne, Ta’jon Knight (120), Zach Schultz (195) and Ramond Turner (285) in the semifinals. Cape Henlopen advanced Anthony Caruso (126), Andre Currie (138), Chris Handlin (170) and William Ott (220).

Kennel Decembre (145) and Evan Harris (170) joined Mayan as Polytech wrestlers to make the semifinals. Mikey Convey (152) and Trey Hatfield (160) were the two other Sussex Tech wrestlers who advanced.

Laurel sent three wrestlers to the semifinals — Woo Fosque (126), Gabriel Degraffinreed (132) and Michael Handy (220).

Lake Forest wrestlers Seth Fleming (145) and Kristopher Thompson (195) round out the semifinal field.

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