Smyrna wins team title at Milford Invitational

Smyrna’s Joey Natarcola stands to try to shake loose from grip of Patrick Wisniewski of CR in the 106-pound championship bout at the Milford Invitational Saturday. Natarcola scored on a reversal in the 3rd period to win by decision 2-1. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Smyrna High had eight individual champions as the Eagles won the team title at the Milford Invitational on Saturday afternoon hosted by Milford High.

Smyrna tallied 335.5 points to win the meet while Sussex Central High finished second with 29.5. Caesar Rodney High was third (256) while the hosts Milford rounded out the Henlopen Conference teams participating with 232 points and a fourth-place finish in the 10-team field.

Thirteen of the 14 individual champions were from the Henlopen Conference.

Greg Baum (145 pounds) and Tony Wuest (195) each won their finals match via pin for the Eagles. J.T. Davis was the 160-pound champion and won the finals with a technical-fall while Dakota Kerr had a major-decision in the 182-pound match.

Smyrna also had three champions win by decisions — Joey Natarcola (106), Jaxson Al-Chokhachy (113) and Nick Natarcola (132). Andrew DeBenedictis (220) was Smyrna’s other champion who won on a tiebreaker.

Cameron Hayes of Caesar Rodney trying to see his way out of leg wrap by Middletown’s William Carl in the 126-pound championship match at Milford Saturday. Hayes scored an escaped and takedown to win by decision 3-0. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Drew Morris at 152 pounds was the lone individual champion for Sussex Central. Devin Pearsal (160), Tyler Bunting (170) and Mario Santizo (220) were all runner-ups in their weight classes for the Golden Knights.

Caesar Rodney had a pair of winners and three second-place finishers.

Cameron Hayes (126) and Jackson Dean (138) won their respective weight classes for the Riders. Hayes won via decision while Dean had a first-round pin in his match.

Patrick Wisniewski (106), Kevin Bowne (113) and Ryan Rigby (182) finished second in their brackets.

Milford had two champions of its own with Robbie Rosser at 120 and Anthony Diaz at heavyweight. Rosser won his final with a 2-0 decision and Diaz also earned a decision victory (5-2).

Milford had a pair of second-place finishers in Jacob Crenshaw at 132 pounds and Oscar Rosario at 145.

Brian Schneider of Middletown was the winner of the 170-pound bracket.

Milford’s Robbie Rosser listening to instructions from his coach while keeping control of Wyatt McMullen of St. Georges. Rosser won the 120-pound Milford Invitational championship with a 2-0 decision. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

St. Georges was fifth in the team standings with 225.5 points, William Penn came in sixth with 157 and Delcastle was seventh with 143.5.

Hodgson (120.5 points), Middletown (111) and Wilmington Christian (65) rounded out the team standings.

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