Roundup: Smyrna wrestlers shine at New Year’s Brawl Invitational

The Smyrna High wrestling team won the New Year’s Brawl Invitational hosted at Parkside High School in Maryland on Saturday. The Eagles tallied 520 points, well ahead of second-place Parkside’s 393. Delmar was the only other Delaware school competing at the meet and finished in ninth. Gabe Giampietro, Dylan Andruzzi, Jaxson Al-Chokhachy, Nicholas Natarcola and […]

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 […]

Ex-Chipman coach charged after allegedly menacing wrestler

HARRINGTON – A 36-year-old Frederica man was arrested  after investigation into a terroristic threatening complaint while he was head wrestling coach at W. T. Chipman Middle School, police said Friday. James N. McNeil turned himself in to Harrington Police Thursday and was charged with aggravated menacing, carrying a concealed deadly weapon (firearm) and third-degree assault […]

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 […]