The Sussex Central versus Sussex Tech crosstown wrestling rivalry came up on the Golden Knights’ side Feb. 7, as Central took home a 47-22 win over Tech.
Central’s Mason Ankrom started off the night with a fall over Hunter Ruff at 1:30 of the 106-pound weight class, but Tech bounced right back as Mason Rolph pinned Central’s Cole Jester at 5:42 of the 113-pound bout.
That’s as close as the Ravens would get, as Central took the next six matches.
Central’s Yony Morales won a 3-0 decision over Tech’s Hunter Hineline at 120. Junior Perez won a 16-8 major decision over Chase Flood at 126. Pins from Rashad Stratton over Trevor Whitlock at 0:46 in the 132 weight class and Brandon Greenlee over Roberto Santos at 4:57 in the 138 further extended the lead. Central’s Jaden Savage won a 5-4 decision over Thomas Bunting at 145, and Drew Morris kept the Knights going with a default at 152.
Tech got back on the scoreboard with Trey Hatfield grappling to a 15-3 major decision over Devin Pearsall at 160.
Central’s Tyler Bunting won a 7-5 decision over Tarryl Sturgis at 170 before Michael Wright from Sussex Central pinned Tech’s Darvin Perez at 0:38 of the 182 class. Central’s Yunior Cruz kept the Knight train running with a 17-8 decision over Dustin Rolph at 195.
Tech closed out the evening by getting the last two pins of the match. Andrew Hawkins pinned Hiram Lasher at 3:43 of the 220 class, and Carl Schirmer pinned Tyler Karr at 0:51 of the 285-pound weight class.
The 2018 DIAA Dual Team Wrestling Championships will take place Saturday, Feb. 10, at Smyrna. Sussex Central was awarded the fourth seed and will wrestle fifth-seeded Dover at 2 p.m. Earning first-round byes are No. 1 Smyrna and No. 2 Salesianum.