It was a close battle, but the Caesar Rodney wrestlers came in second in the 2013 Henlopen Conference Wrestling Championships Saturday night staged at Milford High School.
The Riders had four division champions, but trailed champion Smyrna by 57.5 points when the final tally was announced. CR outpointed third place Cape Henlopen, which had 173 points and fourth place Sussex Central with 169 points.
The Champions included: Micah Hight, who won by a major decision over Smyrna's Othniel Edmonds 11-2,
at 120 pounds, Tony Scarfo at 132 pounds defeated Kalen Wilson of Smyrna by a 7-2 decision, Matt Wilt at 152 won by a 4-0 decision over Jacob Miller of Sussex Central, and Zach Parker won by a 7-1 decision over Jeff Delva of Milford.
"It was a tough night, I thought we had a chance to catch up (to Smyrna), but we still did OK," said Parker.
Caesar Rodney also did well in the consolation rounds, with four members achieving third place finishes.
Nick Klink defeated Spenser Hahn of Polytech by the score of 9-2. Meanwhile, Brandon Scott won by decision over Andy Schmeusser 6-3, at 126 pounds, Johnny Joanem won by major decision over Brian Thomas of Lake Forest 10-0, and Seth Brosius won by a narrow 2-0 decision over Caleb Hunter of Delmar at 170 pounds.
Going into the finals, Caesar Rodney had a slight chance of catching Smyrna, but the Eagles won six titles to pull away at the end. CR also had 3 six place finishers and a 7th place for the tournament. Once again, Smyrna coach Kurt Howell earned the family bragging rights after defeating his older brother Dicky Howell for the championship. "It is rewarding. I guess you can say it's the 'pot of gold' at the end of the rainbow for our guys," said Kurt Howell.
Smyrna's victory ended the Riders' two year reign as Henlopen Conference champions.
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