Wrestling notes: Dover clinches first winning season in 8 years

With 11 dual meet victories this season, the Dover High wrestling team has already surpassed its total from the last two years combined.

The Senators won their 11th dual on Wednesday night with a 40-38 result over Sanford School. Dover improved to 11-3 and has clinched its first winning season in the last eight years.

Against Sanford, Dover was paced by Tykwan Joyner and Nick Lee, who had pins. Tynik Sanders recorded a major-decision for the Senators.

Dover has won four of its last five dual meets. Over that span the Senators also finished in second place of the Canal Classic two weekends ago, hosted by Middletown High.

Two of Dover’s three losses this season have come against Henlopen Conference Northern Division opposition — Smyrna and Cape Henlopen.

Tykwan Joyner

Dover is currently 2-2 against the Henlopen North with two more divisional matchups left on the schedule which could decide if the Senators make the Division I state dual meet tournament.

Dover travels to Sussex Central on Wednesday and hosts crosstown rival Caesar Rodney on Friday, both contests are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Before that though, the Senators have a non-divisional matchup at Milford tongith at 6:30 p.m.

Delaware duo wrestling at McDaniel College

Two local products are in the starting lineup for the McDaniel College — senior Alvontae Drummond from Milford High and sophomore Ronnie Wuest out of Smyrna High.

Drummond leads McDaniel in pins this season and has won the Centennial Conference’s Wrestler of the Week award twice. This past weekend Drummond, who wrestles at 141 pounds for McDaniel, earned a pin and a major-decision in a Centennial Conference tri-meet.

Wuest won a match via decision at 174 pounds over the weekend.

Bonus points

• Shane Miller has been announced as Sussex Central’s new head coach for next season after longtime coach Phil Shultie retires. Miller has been an assistant at Central the last two seasons and is a former Golden Knight wrestler.

• Smyrna travels to Salesianum tonight for a 7:30 p.m. dual meet. Smyrna has faced Salesianum in the regular season every year since 2011 and has won every time.

• Dover and Lake Forest will be competing at the North Dorchester Invitational on Saturday in Maryland.

• Indian River is putting together one of its best seasons in recent memory. The Indians have won five in a row and are 12-1 overall. They finished last season at 5-7.

• Polytech High will host its annual Novice Wrestling Championships on Feb. 12. This is a tournament for novice wrestlers trying to gain confidence in the sport and is open to wrestlers ages 4-13. Walk-ins are welcome and applications can be requested by contacting Eric Buckson at eric.buckson@polytech.k12.de.us.

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