Milford wrestling put the slam whammy on Cape Jan. 30 at the Big House, taking home a 42-19 victory by winning close decisions, and folding in three falls and a forfeit.
“The Henlopen North is any given night,” said veteran Milford coach Don Parsley. “We are in the south, but move up next year. There were some great bouts out there tonight, a lot of close decisions that went our way.”
An upset went down at 152 when freshman Dalton Deevey, straight out of Beacon, had a five-point throw on Andre Currie and held on for a 14-12 victory.
“That was incredible,” Parsley said. “I thought he had him pinned.”
Coach Chris Mattioni said, “Andre is so talented, and he just got caught, but I’m sure he learned something. Credit to Deevey. That’s a great win for him.”
George Copes (160) beat Cape’s Jackson Handlin 10-8, Milford’s Rafael Majia (170) had a major decision over Roy Jones, and Eric Bennett (195) won a close 13-11 bout over the Vikings’ Eduardo Saez.
The match started at 138 with Finbar Rishko beating Dominic Feightner on an overtime takedown. Jordan Passwaters (145) of Milford then pinned Juan Lares in 3:41.
Cape freshman Lucas Ruppert (285) hung tough with Anthony Diaz, but fell 10-4.
The score rolling back to the light weights with five bouts remaining was Milford leading Cape 21-9. The toss-up matches had been tossed in Milford’s favor. The Bucs are tough down low.
Cape gave up a forfeit at 106 followed by Jack Thode (113) pinning Cape’s Darryl Sykes in 50 seconds and Trenton Grant pinning Cape’s Joe McLean in 1:01. Milford led 39-9.
A pair of rising freshmen battled at 126, featuring Mikey Frederick of Cape and Tim O’Hara of Milford. Mikey and Tim were classmates at Rehoboth Elementary and Beacon before O’Hara moved to Milford. A close match was won by O’Hara 7-3 on an insurance takedown in the final seconds.
Anthony Caruso of Cape closed out the night with a pin over Averi Copes in 2:42.
Cape will host St. Georges Tech at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1. A Senior Night ceremony will precede the match.