Wrestling coach thanks Cape community

March 29, 2013

I would like to personally thank the Cape community for supporting the Cape Henlopen High School Wrestling Team throughout my 18-year career at Cape and specifically during the DIAA Individual State Championship the past two years. The community came together to help make this a memorable event. It was team effort in terms of setting up for the tournament, running the tournament, providing a top notch concession stand and hospitality room and clean-up after the tournament.


A special thanks goes out to the set-up crew and Jody Brittingham and Don Don Mitchell and Grand Rental for helping move mats and setting up the gym on Thursday night.


Thanks to Bethany Blues, Buffalo Wild Wings, Annabella’s Italian Restaurant, Kickin' Chicken', Arena’s Deli, Café Amici’s, Sherri Cook and the Fluhartys for contributing food in the hospitality room for the coaches and officials. And to my wife Jessica Mattioni for organizing the room and keeping it stocked with food, and to all of her assistants who staffed the room throughout the weekend.


Thanks to Rob Spicer and all the Cape wrestling boosters who volunteered their time during set-up, gym reconfiguration, clean-up, and throughout the tournament manning the concession stand. Thanks to Harry Hudson for organizing the security crew and to all of the volunteers who helped make the event special by keeping things orderly. Thanks to all the Cape wrestlers and middle school wrestlers who helped as runners or assisted by moving mats and working in the concession stand.


Thanks to the Cape Gazette, Dave Frederick, Dan Cook, Nick Roth, Pat Irelan, and Nsidewrestling for the excellent coverage of the tournament.


Thank you to the EconoLodge and the Sleep Inn for offering special rates for the teams who attended.


A special thanks goes out to Jeff Jablon, a volunteer wrestling coach; without his hard work at every stage the tournament would not have been as successful.


Thanks again to all the volunteers who came together to assist with the moving of mats, setting up the gym, reconfiguring the gym, cleaning up the gym, organizing and working the hospitality room, the concession stand, working security, taking tickets, working as mat runners, working tables, and doing whatever else was necessary for the tournament to run smoothly and successfully. It was truly a spectacular event and it was because of the wonderful people in the Cape Community.

Chris Mattioni

head wrestling coach

Cape Henlopen High School


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