From the sports editor: Wrestling will still be a big part of Howell’s life

Kurt Howell may have been as good a wrestler as Delaware has ever produced. His 108-0 record at Newark High followed by a 100-22 mark at Clemson would put him in anybody’s league. So for Howell, saying that his body wouldn’t let him get on the mat with his wrestlers any more is no small […]

5-time state champ coach Kurt Howell steps down at Smyrna

SMYRNA — Wrestling has been a part of Kurt Howell’s life for as long as he can remember. So, at 50, it’s not like he’s going to completely walk away from the sport now. But after 14 seasons and five DIAA state titles as the head coach at Smyrna High, Howell told his wrestlers on […]

Nine Henlopen Conference wrestlers earn titles

  LEWES — Josh Dailey leaned against the light blue wall at the Cape Henlopen High gym and attempted to clean the sweat off his face. The Smyrna High senior said he would be wiping away tears shortly. Dailey was one of nine Henlopen Conference wrestlers to win an individual state championship at the DIAA […]

Dover grabs spotlight with upsets on first day of state wrestling tourney

LEWES — The No. 7 was indeed lucky for Dover High on Friday. The Senators provided a bulk of the upsets on the first day of the DIAA individual wrestling state tournament hosted by Cape Henlopen High. Three Dover wrestlers who were seeded seventh reached the semifinals. The semifinals begin today at 11 a.m. The […]

Wrestling notebook: Eagles’ Wuest set to compete for 3rd state championship this weekend

SMYRNA — Tony Wuest’s first state championship gave everyone a sneak preview of what was to come. Back in 2015 as a freshman, Wuest pinned his way through the state tournament as a No. 6 seed to win the 182-pound championship. Wuest never stopped pinning people. Now a senior, Wuest enters this year’s state tournament […]

Roundup: Nine Henlopen wrestlers earn top seeds, Woodbridge beats Laurel in boys; hoops

Henlopen Conference wrestlers have earned nine of the top seeds in the 14 weight classes for this weekend’s DIAA individual state tournament at Cape Henlopen High. Smyrna has the most No. 1 seeds with four. Joey Natarcola (106 pounds), Nick Natarcola (132), Josh Dailey (182) and Tony Wuest (195) are all seeded first in their […]

Smyrna, CR shine at Henlopen wrestling

MILFORD — With time running out, Kevin Hudson went for it all in overtime. Hudson, of Caesar Rodney High, was one of two freshmen to take home a title at the Henlopen Conference individual wrestling championships on Saturday night, hosted by Milford High. Smyrna High had the most individual champions with six out of the […]

Smyrna has 10 in semifinals at Henlopen wrestling tournament

MILFORD — All of the top seeds advanced after the first day of the Henlopen Conference individual wrestling championships Friday night at Milford High. The action continues today with the semifinals at 11 a.m. and the championship round scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per session. Smyrna High has the most wrestlers in the […]

Wrestling notebook: Henlopen tournament begins today at Milford

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 […]

Smyrna continues winning streak over CR

  SMYRNA — In classic Smyrna-Caesar Rodney fashion, Saturday night’s dual meet came down to the wire. But the Eagles won enough matches down the stretch to keep up their recent winning streak over the Riders. Smyrna edged Caesar Rodney 33-25 for a Henlopen Conference Northern Division victory. The Eagles have not lost to CR […]