Wrestling notebook: Dover coaching job a natural fit for Meade

Dover wrestling coach Alex Meade Sr., right (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

DOVER — When the Dover High head wrestling coach job opened up over the summer, Alex Meade Sr. had one thought.

“Why not me?” he recalled.

Meade deliberated with himself but kept coming back to that same question — why not him?

Months later, here Meade is with his first high school head coaching job.

Meade took over the Senators after former coach Aaron Harris left to take the head coaching job at Smyrna High this summer. Dover has a 1-1 record in dual meets so far and a pair of second-place finishes in invitationals.

While Meade was never a varsity coach, he’s no stranger to the wrestling community.

He wrestled for Caesar Rodney High while he was in high school. His sons, Alex Jr. and Issah, both also wrestled for CR, where they each won three individual state championships and earned college scholarships.

In recent years Meade has volunteered in the offseason at Dover. It was there where he first started to think about coaching at the high school.

“I used to always be thinking, ‘Wow, if I had my hands on these guys, what if?’ Because I saw how tough they were,” Meade said. “I always wondered what I could do.”

He also feels like his day job at the Division of Family Services can help.

“I feel like I can relate to these kids just as good as anybody,” Meade said.

Meade takes over a Dover program that has been trending in the right direction for a couple of years now.

Two years ago, under Harris, the Senators reached the six-team Division I dual meet state tournament for the first time since 1994. They qualified for the tournament again last season in what turned out to be Harris’ final season before moving to Smyrna.

Dover has also had an individual state champion the last two seasons. Before 2017, the last individual champion from Dover came in 2005.

The Senators have finished second in both invitationals they’ve participated in under Meade.

They were second at the Yellow Jacket Invitational at Newark High last weekend. Sam Arkwuoille Jr. won the 195-pound title while Hugo Harp, a returning state champion, took first at heavyweight.

Dover was second at the Polytech Invitational a week prior. Harp, Tyshaun Cole, Gabe Evans and Qualeak Bumbrey all won their respective weight classes.

Bonus points

• Caesar Rodney and Milford meet Wednesday, Dec. 19 in a dual meet, pitting last year’s two state champions against each other. CR is the reigning Division I champion while Milford won the Division II title. The match is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Caesar Rodney.

• Milford coach Don Parsley was honored for his 250th career win prior to Wednesday’s home dual meet against Seaford. Parsley accomplished the feat during last year’s state tournament.

• Sussex Tech won the Delmar Invitational last week with Woodbridge in second, Indian River third and Polytech fifth.

• Sussex Central is competing in the Lee-Davis Holiday Classic this weekend in Virginia.

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