Wrestling notebook: Henlopen tournament begins today at Milford

Caesar Rodney’s Cameron Hayes. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

CAMDEN — The colors of blue and gold filled the mats last weekend as Caesar Rodney High celebrated a Division I dual meet state championship.

Through that crowd, though, one wrestler clad in maroon was searching for someone.

“Cam!” he called out.

Cam Hayes of Caesar Rodney turned around and saw his friend and former teammate Robbie Rosser of Milford, who had just won the Division II title with the Buccaneers. Together the pair shared a hug and posed for some pictures.

The two will be top contenders this weekend as the Henlopen Conference individual championship gets underway today at Milford High. The first round begins this afternoon at 5 p.m. and the final round is scheduled for Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Hayes wrestled his freshman year at Milford where he was part of a Division II championship team before transferring to Caesar Rodney. To be able to celebrate a Division I championship and see Milford win again with Rosser was the best of both worlds for Hayes.

“We both wanted to win states as seniors and it’s great to see Milford win again,” Hayes said. “It felt great to be a part of this, something different and having to work to get this.”

Hayes was part of a CR team the prior two years who made the state tournament but never reached the finals.

It all changed this season as the Riders went 10-2 on the season before beating St. Georges, Salesianum and Smyrna in order on Saturday. It was Caesar Rodney’s first championship since 2012.

“My goal was to win Division I by my senior year,” Hayes said. “Through the past year or so we’ve been grinding to get this program to where it’s at. I feel like right now we got it to that peak for a strong team coming back next year.”

With the dual meet season over, the focus can now shift toward individual accomplishments. Hayes is a former conference and state champion, and likes the position Caesar Rodney can be in this weekend.

“We should put a lot of guys up on that podium,” Hayes said.

Bonus points

• Tony Wuest of Smyrna is believed to be only the second Delaware wrestler to record 100 pins in his career. He picked up No. 100 and No. 101 at the state dual meet last Saturday.

• All tickets for the Henlopen Conference championships will be sold at the door. A two-day pass is $15. Tickets for Friday are $5 and tickets for Saturday are $5 per session.

• Cape Henlopen High will host the state championships on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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