Caesar Rodney, No. 3 in the state, prevailed despite wrestling without one of its best, freshman 112-pounder Micah Hight (No. 6 @ 103), who suffered a groin injury over the weekend “goofing off with the guys,” coach Dickie Howell said.
The Riders won four bouts by three points or fewer, two of them in overtime, to put themselves in position for a state title.
Zach Howell’s first-period pin in the evening’s final bout, at 103 pounds, provided a fitting wrap-up — and cause for the CR faithful to leap from their seats one last time — in a 36-24 victory over St. Mark’s for the Division I title of the DIAA Dual Meet Wrestling Championships.
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Caesar Rodney 36, St. Mark’s 24
112-Scarfo (CR) dec. Vietri 4-2; 119-Lemaire (CR) pinned R.Davia 1:37; 125-Mitchell (CR) dec. Valania 1-1 RO/OT; 130-Pendergast (SM) dec. Jackson 8-2; 135-Blumenthal (CR) maj.dec. Downes 15-1; 140-Wilt (CR) dec. Gallo 10-3; 145-Hemmerich (SM) pinned Kurlander 3:35; 152-Mansanto (CR) dec. McGinley 4-2 OT; 160-Meade (CR) tech.fall Roach 26-11 (4:22); 171-Snook (SM) pinned DeMarreau 1:49; 189-Mauk (SM) pinned Johnson 2:12; 215-Carver (CR) dec. Shaw 3-0; 285-Cassidy (SM) dec. Leo 1-0; 103-Howell (CR) pinned D.Davia 1:30.
St. Mark’s 33, Smyrna 29
103-Carney (Smy) pinned D.Davia :24; 112-Fleetwood (Smy) pinned Vietri 3:18; 119-Archangelo (Smy) pinned R.Davia 1:28; 125-Valania (SM) pinned Edmond 3:48; 130-Pendergast (SM) maj. dec. Hershberger 12-0; 135-Downes (SM) dec. Carbine 13-8; 140-Watts (Smy) dec. Gallo 6-2; 145-Shelar (Smy) dec. Hemmerich 4-1; 152-McGinley (SM) dec. Boyles 4-2; 160-Brereton (Smy) dec. Roach 1-0; 171-Snook (SM) tech. fall Wilson 16-1 (4:30); 189-Cox (Smy) dec. Shaw 5-3; 215-Mauk (SM) pinned Rife 2:23; 285-Cassidy (SM) pinned Messick 3:14.
Smyrna had one team point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct.
103-Howell (CR) pinned Brown 1:43; 112-West (SC) dec. Scarfo 8-4; 119-Lemaire (CR) tech.fall Marlett 17-2 (4:29); 125-Mitchell (CR) dec. Miller 8-2; 130-Jackson (CR) pinned Perez 2:44; 135-Blumenthal (CR) pinned Neal 1:56; 140-Broomall (SC) dec. Wilt 8-6; 145-Conaway (SC) maj. dec. Kurlander 19-6; 152-Miller (SC) maj. dec. Mansanto 8-0; 160-Meade (CR) maj. dec. Jones 21-9; 171-Combs (SC) maj. dec. DeMarreau 14-1; 189-Johnson (CR) pinned Conaway 4:20; 215-Spicer (SC) won by forfeit; 285-Goins (SC) won by forfeit.
285-Leo (CR) dec. Lassiter 5-1; 103-Howell (CR) won by forfeit; 112-Gbaye (WP) won by forfeit; 119-Lemaire (CR) tech. fall Casuga 16-0 (2:22); 125-Mitchell (CR) dec. Nelson 11-5; 130-Jackson (CR) pinned Taylor 1:10; 135-Blumenthal (CR) pinned Palomo :42; 140-Wilt (CR) dec. Wideman 5-2; 145-Foreman (WP) dec. Green 9-4; 152-Shreve (WP) dec. Melvin 8-4; 160-Meade (CR) won by forfeit; 171-DeMarreau (CR) dec. Scott 6-0; 189-Seibert (WP) pinned Steward :32; 215-Crawford (WP) maj. dec. Parker 13-3.
285-Messick (Smy) dec. Custer 4-3; 103-Carney (Smy) pinned Stevens 1:03; 112-Fleetwood (Smy) maj. dec. Farley 12-1; 119-Donaldson (Sal) dec. Archangelo 8-4; 125-Kibblehouse (Sal) pinned Edmond 3:31; 130-Hershberger (Smy) maj. dec. Fedele 15-6; 135-Letterman (Smy) pinned Miller 1:50; 140-Watts (Smy) dec. Merrill 1-0; 145-Shelar (Smy) maj. dec. Finocchiaro 11-2; 152-Boyles (Smy) dec. Daulton 7-0; 160-Phillips (Sal) dec. Brereton 0-0 RO/OT; 171-Diksa (Sal) won by forfeit; 189-Mancini (Sal) dec. Armstrong 5-2; 215-Thommes (Sal) won by forfeit.