Wrestling notebook: Dual meets loom after weekend invitationals

The heart of the conference dual meet season is nearly upon us.

But coaches will have one more chance to learn about their squads this weekend.

Henlopen Conference teams head to their last invitationals of the season this weekend. Seven teams are in action in invitationals while another is scheduled to take part in a dual meet tournament.

Dover High and Caesar Rodney High are each entered in the Joe Verciglio Memorial Tournament, hosted by Chantilly High in Virginia today and Saturday. Caesar Rodney finished third in the event last year.

Smyrna High and Delmar High will be partaking in the Easton New Year’s Brawl at Easton High in Maryland starting today and continuing on Saturday. Smyrna won the team title and seven individual championships a year ago.

The biggest invitational in Delaware this weekend is taking place at Delcastle.

Twenty-three teams are listed as entered, including three from the Henlopen Conference. Indian River, Polytech and Sussex Tech are all competing as is First State Military Academy.

Cape Henlopen meanwhile is headed to the Iron Horse Duals at C. Milton Wright High in Maryland.

Holiday roundup

Teams were busy over the break.

Milford was second at the Battle of the Beach invitational at Indian River. The Buccaneers were led by Corey Messick (106 pounds) and Anthiny Diaz (220). Messick recorded pins in all three of his matches while Diaz used a pin and two decisions win the title.

Cape Henlopen had three winners — Anthony Caruso (132), Andre Currie (152) and Chris Handlin. All three won via decision in the finals.

Ta’Jon Knight of Indian River won the 126-pound title with a decision. Seth Flemming of Lake Forest also won at 145 with a decision as did Sussex Central’s Michael Wright (195). Sussex Tech’s Jamie Schirmer won his semifinal and final matches at 285 with pins.

Woodbridge won the Howdy Duncan Invitational at William Penn while Dover came in second. Sam Arkwuoille Jr. (195) and Hugo Harp (220), both from Dover, were the two downstate champions at the event.

This came on the heels of three Henlopen Conference wrestlers placing at the prestigious Beast of the East. Smyrna’s Gabe Giampietro was seventh at 106 and Caesar Rodney’s Jackson Dean was seventh at 138. Smyrna’s J.T. Davis finished eighth in the 182-pound weight class.

Bonus points

• Sussex Tech’s Jamie Schirmer earned the 100th victory of his career last week.

• Sussex Central travels to St. Georges for a 5 p.m. matchup on Saturday in the lone dual meet of the day.

• Milford has won its last 13 dual meets, the longest current streak in the state. The Buccaneers last lost on Jan. 26, 2018 to Dover.

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