An outstanding season continued Saturday night as the Smyrna wrestlers powered to the 2013 Henlopen Conference championship at Milford High School, ending Caesar Rodney's two year reign at the top.
Last week, the Eagles also won the DIAA Dual Meet on their home mats.
Overall, Smyrna sent 13 varsity members to the tournament and won six individual titles. They scored a total of 298.5 points, including runner-up, and third, fourth and fifth place positions. Arch-rival Caesar Rodney tallied 241 points in the battle of the coaching brothers, Smyrna's Kurt Howell against his brother Dicky Howell.
"Our guys worked very hard this week, and we talked in practice about not having a letdown after winning the state title. We were really loose, and it helped us coming into this tournament," he said.
Coming into the final round, Smyrna had a lead over the Riders, but the team did not wish to take that for granted. Tyler Cox defeated Sussex Central's Mark Williams at 195 pounds in 2:44. Moments later, Alebbo Monsanto then won at 106 pounds by pinning Juwan Massey from Sussex Tech.
"It was great for the team to win the title, and it was a tough match, like wrestling against a teammate out there tonight. We practiced at the same pace all week, so we wouldn't have a letdown," said Cox.
Smyrna's nationally-ranked junior Brent Fleetwood remained undefeated at 113 pounds with a major decision decision, 12-2, over Polytech's Kody Stevens. "Ít was really hot in the out there, so it was a matter of staying
focused," he said.
The next individual title came from Tyler Carney, who won at 126 pounds, with a 15-2 major decision over Dover's Jordan Olfus.
As the points piled up, Jarren Wilson won his 160 pound match against Jeff Klabe of Sussex Tech, and Zach Broyles earned his victory at 170 over Justin Lopez of Cape Henlopen. Both wrestlers won by major decisions.
Othneil Edmond (120 pounds) and Kalen Wilson (132 pounds) were runners-up in their respective divisions.
"It is rewarding. I guess you can say that it's the 'pot of gold' at the end of the rainbow," said Kurt Howell.
1. Smyrna High 298.5
2. Caesar Rodney 241.0
3. Cape Henlopen 173.5
4. Sussex Central 169.0
5. Polytech 124.5
6. Sussex Tech 117.5
7. Dover, DE 105.5
8. Milford, DE 89.0
9. Woodbridge 84.5
10. Indian River 76.0
11. Delmar 59.5
12. Lake Forest 59.0
13. Seaford 56.0
14. Laurel 8.0