Smyrna’s Brent Fleetwood was one of three Eagles to win individual state championships on Saturday at the DIAA Individual State Wrestling Championships held at Cape Henlopen high school.
Fleetwood, who defeated Sanford’s Luke McDonough at 120 won his fourth straight individual state title making him just the tenth wrestler ever in the state of Delaware to accomplish that feat. Fleetwood was also named Outstanding Wrestler of the 2014 DIAA State Wrestling Tournament.
“It’s a very good feeling,” said Fleetwood after claiming his fourth straight individual state title. “I guess I got a little choked up, but I’m glad to go out on top. Wrestling is a very intense sport, so you always feel the pressure. When you get to that level where you’re in the finals, you’re going to feel the pressure. But you don’t think about the pressure, just the match.”
Along with Fleetwood, Jared Carney (132) and Othniel Edmund (126) took home titles for Smyrna.
Caesar Rodney’s Nick Klink (106) won his first ever state title for the Riders, while Tony Scarfo (145) and Zack Parker (285) all took home individual titles for the second time.
Parker who pinned all four wrestlers he faced in the first round of each bout over the weekend was somewhat surprised by how easily he was able to succeed.
“I have one move on the top,” said Parker after his win at 285. “I’m just really good at it, and I was catching everybody with it. I don’t think I did anything different all weekend.”
Cape Henlopen’s Thomas Ott won the state title at 220 for the second straight time, joined by teammate Aaron Mattioni who won his first title at 195.
Ten of Saturday's weight class winner's came from the Henlopen Conference for the second season in a row.
Other winners on Saturday included Juwan Massey of Sussex Tech at 113, Clint Ferrazzo at 138 from Caravel, Willie Davis at 152 from Woodbridge, and Daulton Gregory at 182 from Salesianum.
Also, Michael Albanese became the first state title winner under head coach Nate Pelligrini at St. Georges Tech while Brandon Wolfe won the first state wrestling title for Delcastle since David Rhodes did it back in 1979.
More to come…