The Smyrna Eagles claimed their third wrestling team title in three years, and finished with four champions in the 11th Annual A.I. duPont Tiger Wrestling Classic Tournament held Saturday, December 28, at Alexis I duPont High School in Greenville.
The Eagles champions included freshman Chase Archangelo at 106 pounds, senior Brent Fleetwood at 120 pounds, senior Othneil Edmond at 126 pounds, and senior Tyler Carney at 132 pounds.
Archangelo won his title on a 4-3 decision. Fleetwood won on a major decision outpointing his opponent 16-4, Edmond secured his victory on a fall at 2:40, and Carney edged his opponent on a 6-4 decision in an exciting Sudden Victory overtime match.
"It was a really tough tournament, but I'm glad our team did very well. We had a lot of wrestlers in the finals, and our team gave 100 per cent at the tournament," said Archangelo."
"This was one of the first high school tournaments that I won a first place," said Edmond, "I've come in second place a number of times, but I feel I can do better." Edmond said knowing his team is the defending state champion gives him and his teammates a lot of confidence at tournaments. "But it does put a big target on our backs, and we don't want to let our fans down," said Edmond.
Fleetwood won his fourth consecutive title in the Tiger Wrestling Classic, and Carney was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the 2013 competition.
"It was a good tournament; I knew it would be tough going into it. I had two tough opponents who had lots of experience," said Carney. "Going into this tournament it felt good, I knew we have a lot of tough kids who can battle. So winning this was a great achievement, and this will give us a lot of confidence going into the dual meet season," he said. Fleetwood was unavailable for comment at the time of the interview.
Overall, the Eagles placed top-five finishers in 13 of the 14 weight divisions.
"It's always nice to wrestle in Delaware and win a championship," said Coach Kurt Howell."We'll look at the good stuff and the not so good stuff to determine what we need to work on, going forward. I'm pleased with our progress so far this season, but I not satisfied yet, that's why we're here working hard at practice, to keep getting better."