The Eagles captured a least a share of the Northern Division title, handing the Riders their only division loss of the season, while finishing with one division loss to Sussex Central. Sussex Central has one division loss to CR and one more division match remaining.
The Smyrna High School wrestling team captured at least a share of the Northern Division title with a 33-25 victory over Caesar Rodney Saturday night at Smyrna High.
The Eagles jumped out to a 27-4 lead before the Riders reeled off five wins in six weight classes, cutting Smyrna's advantage to five points heading into the final match. The Eagles' lone win in those six matches was at 113 pounds, where Jaxson Al-Chokhachy battled through a leg injury to win a 7-5 decision.
Then at 132 pounds, Nicholas Natarcola sealed the victory for the Eagles with a 6-4 decision in overtime.
The Eagles finished the season with one loss in the division, to Sussex Central. The Riders have the one loss to Smyrna, but defeated Sussex Central.
Sussex Central has one loss to CR, and has one more division contest left against Sussex Tech on Wednesday. Sussex Tech lost to Smyrna 59-13 Jan. 3, but only lost to CR 38-33 Jan. 17 and has won six in a row since then.
SMYRNA 33, CAESAR RODNEY 25
Here are the results in each weight class for Smyrna against CR:
138 - Ryan Kelley lost by major decision, 11-0;
145 - Gavin Sembly won by forfeit;
152 - Gregory Baum won 5-3;
160 - Jack Davis won by pin, 4:56;
170 - Dakota Kerr won 5-3;
182 - Josh Dailey won by major decision, 13-4;
195 - Tony Wuest won by pin, 0:40;
220 - Hunter Moyer lost 9-3;
285 - Brent Young lost by pin;
106 - Joseph Natarcola lost 4-1;
113 - Jaxson Al-Chokhachy won 7-5;
120 - Easley Pierson lost by major decision, 8-0;
126 - Drew Mayhall lost by pin, 1:32;
132 - Nicholas Natarcola won 6-4;
Each team had one point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Eagles finished the regular season 11-4 overall and 5-1 in the Northern Division.
NEXT MATCH: Smyrna is scheduled to host the state dual-meet team championships on Saturday for Division I (larger schools) and Division II (smaller schools). The Eagles should be one of the top seeds in Division I.