The Caesar Rodney Riders wrestling squad had yet another strong season as a team this year, finishing 9-3 after an 8-4 finish last season.
CR had several individuals see success on the mat at the state level this season, many of which will be returning to the squad next season.
Three Riders took home state titles this season, Zach Parker (285lbs), Micah Hight (120lbs) and Tony Scarfo (132lbs). Max Wilt finished second in the state at 152lbs.
Hight won his third consecutive state title for the Riders and he along with Parker and Scarfo will all return to the squad for their senior seasons next year.
Juniors Seth Brosius and Brandon Scott both finished within the top 6 of their weight class in the state. They look to build upon their success for next season, giving CR a very formidable squad ready to make even more noise next season.
Dover Senators (4-8)
The Dover Senators wrestling squad had a tough year as a team, finishing 4-8 in the highly competitive Henlopen Conference.
Junior Jordan Olfus finished second in the state at 126lbs for the Senators this season. Reggie Smith (195lbs) and Isaiah Abrams (285lbs) both finished within the top 5 of their respective weight classes as well for Dover.
Olfus and Abrams will return next season to make up the core of the Senators mat presence. They will have plenty of underclassmen also returning, ready to step up and take spots left behind by graduates.
Polytech Panthers (10-2)
The Polytech Panthers wrestling squad finished with a spectacular 10-2 record this season. While success is nothing new to the Panthers, their consistency in the tough Henlopen Conference speaks volumes about their program.
Sophomore Kody Stevens finished second in the state at 113lbs, finishing behind three-time state champion Brett Fleetwood of Smyrna.
Andy Schmeusser (126lbs) and David Hestera (220lbs) finished within the top 6 of their respective weight classes in the state this season.
Stevens and Schmeusser will both return next season looking to not only improve their own games on the mat but those of their teammates as well. With the majority of their squad returning intact for next season, the Panthers are a safe bet to once again contend in the Henlopen and state-wide.
Lake Forest Spartans (5-9)
After a 5-4 start to the season, the Lake Forest Spartans wrestling squad dropped their last 5 meets to fall out of contention in the Henlopen Conference. The relatively young group no doubt experienced some growing pains, especially at the end of the season.
However, with only 4 seniors on the squad this season, there’s a good chance that many underclassmen will return next year having learned an awful lot this season.
Look for Ryan Sipple, Eric Gibson, Barton Dalious, Austin Aguilar and Brian Thomson to make some noise for the Spartans next season.
St. Thomas More Ravens (0-11)
Looking at the record of the St. Thomas More wrestling squad will not tell you the entire story of their 2012-13 campaign. With only 8 wrestlers on the roster for the Ravens, it made winning almost any bout nearly impossible.
Also, in a sport where juniors and seniors make up a large majority of rosters, the Ravens had 2 on their team combined.
Though, with the amount of youth the Ravens have it’s not hard to imagine steady growth of the Ravens wrestling program.
Also, with the majority of their squad returning intact, including the likes of Tyler Sastre, Stephen Jackewizcz and James Churchman, they will look to return next year with the learning experience of this season to motivate them.