“Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues and you know it don’t come easy.” - Ringo Starr
The young guns of Cape Henlopen wrestling grappled through a peaceful easy weekend, winning at St. Georges 48-15 Feb. 7, followed by a Feb. 8 afternoon shutout of Sussex Tech 65-0, capping the season record at an impressive 17-4.
The state duals begin Wednesday, Feb. 12, with eight teams in Division I. The opening round will be held at the higher-ranked team’s home gym.
“Wrestling is a sport that winds up, it doesn’t wind down,” said Cape coach Chris Mattioni. “It’s about to get real.”
Fifth-seeded Cape will travel to No. 4 Sussex Central Feb. 12.
An overview of Cape at the end of the regular season finds the Vikings healthy, as Juan Lares returned from injury at 160 and Austin Bacot found his way into the varsity lineup at 120.
Cape’s Luke Bender descended to 132 pounds, while Carson Kammerer has moved up to 138. Bender, a freshman, wrestled St. George’s Scott Reagan, ranked third in the state, and lost a close 10-6 decision.
Finbar Rishko, 152, outlasted Jonathan Carrion 17-14. Both wrestlers are ranked – Rishko at fourth in the 152 bracket and Carrion is sixth at 145.
Senior Cam Smith is coming on strong, winning by pins at St. George’s at 195 and against Sussex Tech at 220.
Wrestling results for Cape and all other Delaware teams can be found at websites4sports.com and trackwrestling.com.