Cape hosted a talented Salesianum wrestling team Feb. 9 with hopes of wrestling their way into the state dual-meet championships, but the Sals proved to be too much for the Vikings and cruised to a 37-23 win on Cape's Senior Night.
The match was tied 4-4 after each team recorded an early major decision, but after Cape's Nick Carroll lost the heavyweight bout in overtime, Sallies gained momentum. Sallies rolled through Cape's young lightweights and opened up a large lead by winning five consecutive matches. Cape's Elliot Young broke the streak with a 10-0 major decision at 132 pounds, which was followed by a second-period pin by Cape's lone senior, Sean Sheehan, at 138. Cape went on to win three out of the last five bouts with Austin Smith 152, Aaron Mattioni 160, and Justin Lopez 170 all winning by minor decision. But it wasn't enough.
Cape coach Chris Mattioni was disappointed with the team's intensity and hopes that they compete at a higher level in the upcoming Henlopen Conference Championships Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16, and the DIAA Individual State Championships the following weekend.