Bone on dome barely fazes wresting tough guy D’Antonio

Mike D'Antonio presents his face for fixin'. BY DAVE FREDERICK
February 19, 2013

Blood sport - Dover sophomore Mike D’Antonio (17-10) was locked in a battle with top seed Micah Hight (36-5) of Caesar Rodney Feb. 15 at Milford in the 120-pound semifinal round of the Henlopen wrestling championships. Hight is “Hell on Wheels,” a defending state champ who is in your face and all over the place. Somewhere on an inside lockup, D’Antonio got cut from a head butt or errant elbow, perhaps a stray kneecap or some other bone-on-dome collision. “Great kid with a tough mentality and never-quit attitude,” said his coach, Louis Seeney.  “He wrestled the remainder of the tournament - after losing to Hight - and qualified for states, placing sixth, knowing he needed to get stitches. He’s been wrestling since he was 6 years old." D’Antonio did glance into my camera during his “repair and get back out there” interlude and gave a look: ”What are you looking at?” D’Antonio’s cranium was cleaned, wrapped and readied for battle, all within four minutes. A tough-guy sport if ever there was one.

Stream lover - Each springtime - I follow sports not planets - I fly my computer, writing stories and doing Facebook commentaries while also watching live video or live stats of real-time lacrosse action. I am so lucky that my life at advanced age is crosshatched with advances in digital technology. If you choose live stats, then you can listen to iTunes and also text on your iPhone and watch the game instead of having what you already see described to you. Virginia Tech with Meg Bartley taking draws lost at High Point 9-5 on Feb. 15 as Alec Perry, the whisper jet on two Cape state championship teams, scored the hat trick for High Point with three goals.

Chant and recant - Toney Floyd stepped to the foul line at Sussex Tech Friday night in front of 1,200 fans. Toney transferred to Cape this fall after two years at Sussex Tech. A throng of spirited Tech students chanted, “Traitor! Traitor!” I asked Toney after the game what he thought when he heard the word “traitor.”  “Scoreboard,” he said, and was quickly gone to the bus.

Millrose Games - I watched the best of indoor track and field from the New York Armory Feb. 17 on ESPN. The 105th Millrose Games attract the best athletes in the world and include high school sensations. I skipped the NBA All-Star game. I’m just tired of hearing the name LeBron James, and I actually like the kid, who is just 28 years old. Richard Browne, a paralympian with a blade prosthetic on his right leg below the knee, has run 11 flat for 100 meters. He pulled up lame in the 55-meter showdown when his leg, designed by Freedom Innovations and called a catapult running foot with 30 percent more energy return than previous models, started to come off. Browne, who lost his leg in a tragic accident in 2009, has a racing leg and a walk-around leg. In a weird way, we have learned that Oscar Pistorius of South Africa is not the only athlete in the world who is a blade runner; he’s just the craziest.

Snippets - Eric Buckland, a 6-foot-5 senior right-hander for the Delaware baseball team, got his first win of the season in a 9-1 victory over Canisius Feb. 17 at historic Fleming Stadium. I have no idea what makes it historic. It was snowing in Cary, N.C., so the game flipped to Wilson, N.C. and yes, Geraldine, that was a joke. Buckland, a star baseball and basketball player at Caravel, was the 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year and is the first cousin of Jessica and Carly Shinn, who went to Cape.

Wrestling state championships are at Cape again this year Friday, Feb. Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23.  Handicapped spots go quickly, so get there early.

Wesley lacrosse coach Debbie Windett hosted a cross-field five-on-five plus goalie tournament Feb. 17 that was won by a Team Debbie that included only Cape athletes.

Chris Rock on the birth of his daughter said, “My main job is to keep her off the pole.” Danica Patrick won the pole for Sunday’s Daytona 500, raising the question, “Who’s your Go Daddy?" Go on now, git!

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