Wrestling notebook: 7 Henlopen grapplers seeded at Beast of East

Gabe Giampietro of Smyrna keeps control of Milford’s Corey Messic in the 106-pound championship match at Milford. Giampietro won by decision 6-4. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

The seeds for the Beast of the East wrestling tournament have been announced and numerous Delaware wrestlers have the chance to make some noise at the prestigious event.

Ten Delaware wrestlers are seeded. Seven of those are from teams in the Henlopen Conference.

The 26th annual Beast of the East begins today at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark. The finals are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday with the semifinals at 11:15 a.m. and the quarterfinals at 8:30 a.m.

Delaware has not had a Beast of the East winner since Smyrna High’s Brent Fleetwood won his weight class in 2012.

Two Smyrna wrestlers are seeded this year, led by freshman Gabe Giampietro who is second at 106. J.T. Davis is the 14th seed in the 182-pound weight class.

It’s the second year in a row Smyrna has had a second seed. Tony Wuest was seeded second at 195 a year ago and ended up finishing second, which was the best result for a Delaware wrestler since Fleetwood was a runner-up in 2013.

The top seed at 106 is Daniel Wask of Blair Academy in New Jersey. Blair has won 18 consecutive team titles at the Beast of the East and has 22 of the 25 all-time Beast team championships.

Caesar Rodney High also has two seeded wrestlers, both of which are sixth in their respective weight classes.

Jackson Dean is sixth at 138 after making the quarterfinals a year ago. Dean fell in overtime of his quarterfinal match and finished one match away from ending up on the podium.

Kevin Hudson is sixth in the 285-pound bracket.

Sussex Tech is also sending two wrestlers who earned seeds — Andrew Hawkins who is 14th at 220 pounds and Jamie Schirmer who is 12th at 285 pounds.

Sussex Central High’s Michael Wright is seeded 11th in the 195-pound bracket. Salesianum’s Zach Spence (12th at 113), Caravel’s Nick Hall (14th at 152) and Middletown’s Brian Schneider (sixth at 160) round out the seeds for Delaware wrestlers.

This year’s version of the tournament has 126 teams from 17 states. Seventy-three of the wrestlers entered are nationally ranked and nine have won a Beast championship in their high school career.

Bonus points

• Seaford, Laurel and Delmar are competing in the Parkside Holiday Tournament in Maryland this weekend.

• The Battle of the Beach is taking place at Indian River High over the holiday break. Cape Henlopen, Delcastle, Delmar, Indian River, Lake Forest, Middletown, Milford, Newark Charter, Sussex Central, Sussex Tech, Wilmington Charter and Woodbridge are all entered. The tournament is scheduled for Dec. 27-28.

• Smyrna will be traveling to Chambersburg, Pa. for the Trojan Wars Tournament Dec. 28-29.

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