Smyrna High School clinched the Northern Division title and finished unbeaten in Henlopen Conference and in-state matches with a victory over Sussex Central Friday night.
The Smyrna High School wrestling team defeated Sussex Central 39-27 Friday night in Smyrna to finish the regular season undefeated in Henlopen Conference matches and in-state matches.
The win clinched the Northern Division title for the Eagles. The Golden Knights entered the contest at 9-1, with the loss to Northern Division foe Cape Henlopen. Cape only has one loss -- to Smyrna -- so a Sussex Central win over Smyrna would have resulted in a three-way tie in the Northern Division standings.
But Smyrna took the wind out of Sussex Central's sails early, jumping out to a 30-0 lead after six matches.
The Golden Knights staged a comeback, winning four of the next five weight classes to make the score 36-18 with three matches to go.
But Elijah Taylor's victory at 285 gave the Eagles an insurmountable 39-18 lead with two weight classes left.
Here are the results in each weight class in the match which started at 120 pounds:
120 - Nicholas Natarcola (Smyrna) over Junior Perez (Sussex Central) by pin, 1:42.
126 - Cole Sebastianelli (Smyrna) over Javier Perez (Sussex Central) by pin, 1:22.
132 - Greg Baum (Smyrna) over Brandon Greenlee (Sussex Central) by technical fall, 20-5, 5:07.
138 - Jack Davis (Smyrna) over Drew Morris (Sussex Central) by decision, 3-2.
145 - Chase Archangelo (Smyrna) over Kody Lankford (Sussex Central) by pin, 0:58.
152 - Nathaniel Bryant (Smyrna) over Tyler Bunting (Sussex Central) by major decision, 11-1.
160 - Brandon Bautista (Sussex Central) over Dakota Kerr (Smyrna) by decision, 4-2.
170 - Blake Chambers (Sussex Central) over Mason Wilson (Smyrna) by pin, 4:22.
182 - Lucas Hudson (Sussex Central) over Hunter Moyer (Smyrna) by decision, 3-1.
195 - Tony Wuest (Smyrna) over Yunior Cryz (Sussex Central) by pin, 0:49.
220 - John Morris (Sussex Central) over Brent Young (Smyrna) by pin, 1:03.
285 - Elijiah Taylor (Smyrna) over Mario Santizo (Sussex Central) by decision in "sudden victory" overtime.
106 - Jevon Saffold (Sussex Central) over Dylan Andruzzi (Smyrna) by pin, 3:09.
113 - Yony Garcia (Sussex Central) over Gavin Sembly (Smyrna) by major decision, 12-2.
Sussex Central had one team point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct.
NEXT MATCHES: Smyrna hosts the dual-meet state championships on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The seedings haven't been announced yet, but the Eagles will likely be the #1 seed in Division I, while Sussex Central and Cape Henlopen will probably be among the top seeds as well. In Division II, Milford is one of the favorites to be the top seed.