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Cape wrestling downs Charter 46-21

Young grapplers step up big in win
December 23, 2017

The Cape wrestling team started off quickly in the lightweights and continued the pressure throughout the match, as they defeated Charter School of Wilmington 46-21 Dec. 20 at Cape.

Cape freshman LB Harrington began the match with a pin over Parker Selden at 0:32 of the 103 class. Freshman teammate Darryl Sykes kept the immediate pressure on with a fall over Benjamin Horenstein at 2:50 of the 113 weight class.

“We’re a young team,” said Cape coach Chris Mattioni. “I’m real proud and impressed with our young guys. They are progressing, and they went out and got us pins. Once they got the falls, it propelled us, and I was very confident after that.”

Charter got on the board with a fall in the 120 class. Then the Vikings got back on track with a fall from freshman Dajour Bailey at 2:52 of the 126 class. Junior Anthony Caruso continued with a 3:56 tech fall at 132, then Andre Currie earned a pin at 1:59 of the 138 weight class.

Charter took decisions at 145, 152 and 160.

Cape senior Zane Kesler took a decision at 170, and junior Eduardo Saez grappled to a major decision at 182.

“Eduardo’s match was really fun to watch,” said Mattioni. “It was great for him. He did a great job.”

Junior Chis Handlin took a 9-1 decision at 195, and junior Billy Ott powered his way to a pin at 220. The match finished with an exciting 2-1 tiebreaker overtime loss by junior Jonah Robertson to Charter’s Ben Somerville at 285.

“Jonah missed all of last year with a concussion,” said Mattioni. “He is just now coming back after injury, and he will be good after a little more mat time. We needed to wrestle with a little more sense of urgency, and we did that tonight where we didn’t do that in last Wednesday’s loss to Central.”

Cape will wrestle in the Battle at the Beach tournament Dec. 28-29 at Indian River High School before resuming its Henlopen Conference schedule with Polytech Wednesday, Jan. 3.