Wrestling notebook: Vikings earn first-ever win over Smyrna

The Cape Henlopen High wrestling program has won a lot of dual meets in the past several seasons as the Vikings have become mainstays in the Division I state tournament.

But what the Vikings did on Wednesday not only never happened in the last 10 years, it never happened in the history of the program.
Cape Henlopen edged Smyrna 34-33 to capture the program’s first ever victory over the Eagles.

It is only the second time 2012 that Smyrna lost to an instate opponent during the regular season. Smyrna’s last regular season loss to a Delaware team came a year ago to Sussex Central on Jan. 31.

Entering Wednesday’s dual meet, Smyrna had won 63 of its last 64 regular season matches against instate teams. The Eagles also were victorious in 38 of their last 39 Henlopen Conference Northern Division matches.

Both those figures do not include Sussex Central beating Smyrna for the state title in 2017 and Caesar Rodney upsetting the Eagles in the championship round in 2018.

Cape Henlopen overcame two forfeits (one at 106 pounds and one at 113) and a three-point penalty for flagarant misconduct to pull off the historic victory.

Jackson Handlin recorded a decision in the decisive match of the day with a 5-2 win at 160 pounds in the final match.

It is worth noting Smyrna was down three starters due to injuries. And the two teams could possibly meet again in the dual meet state tournament.

Riders still growing

Caesar Rodney High took an important step toward defending its Division I dual meet title with its win over Sussex Central High on Wednesday.

But the Riders know there’s still work to do.

They’d like to follow the blueprint from last year where they were wrestling their best matches of the season in February.

Last year CR lost to Salesianum and Smyrna in the regular season. The Riders then rallied to beat both those teams in the state tournament.

The 42-21 win over Sussex Central gave the Riders an idea of where they are right now.

“It’s good to gauge ourselves on how far we can go,” said CR junior Patrick Wisniewski. “We definitely try to peak at the end of the season. I think that’s what we’re on track to do.”

Caesar Rodney has a rematch against Salesianum tonight at 7 p.m.

Bonus points

• Smyrna will be competing at the Virginia Duals this weekend at the Hampton Coliseum. The Eagles’ first match of the tournament is against Erie Cathedral Prep (Pa.) today at 11 a.m.

• Lake Forest is hosting the Spartan Duals on Saturday. Other teams entered include Dover, Polytech, Laurel, Seaford and William Penn.

• Indian River and Delmar are at the Dundalk Duals in Maryland this weekend.

• First State Military Academy is the lone downstate team entered in the Glasgow Invitational, hosted at Glasgow High.

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