With less than a month to go in the high school wrestling regular season, the Caesar Rodney Riders have been one of the better squads in the Henlopen Conference, winning each of their first three dual-meets this season.
Now, with the majority of their tournament schedule in the rearview, CR looks ahead toward some tough matchups where they’ll learn just what kind of team they have.
So far, the Riders have been impressive, earning wins over Polytech, defending Division II champion Milford and most recently against Middletown at the start of the new year.
Tonight, CR will host the defending Division I State Champions, Sussex Central, who dethroned powerhouse Smyrna last season at the Dual-Team State Championships.
The Riders will look to lean upon their big guns along with a deep and versatile lineup.
A handful of grapplers for CR remain undefeated in dual-meet action, including sophomores Patrick Wisniewski and Jackson Dean, junior Benedict Anderson and seniors Paul Hicks and Cameron Hayes.
The Riders have also proven they have some depth in their lineup, with several members offering contributions, like Kevin Bowne, Brendan Holder and Ryan Rigby.
Meanwhile, five Riders have won matches in two seperate weight classes this season.
Their opponent tonight, the Golden Knights, are also 3-0 in dual-meet action, earning their victories over Cape Henlopen, St. Georges Tech and Dover.
Much like the Riders, Sussex Central boasts a talented lineup, capable of matching up with nearly any team in the state.
So far, they’ve seen a number of wrestlers showcase their skills, from veteran seniors to up and coming underclassmen.
Seniors Rashad Stratton, Tyler Bunting and Drew Morris are all undefeated in dual-meets, sitting a 3-0.
Meanwhile, underclassmen have also shined for Central, with junior Michael Wright sitting at 3-0 on the season, while fellow junior Devin Pearsal and freshman Mason Ankrom all have two wins this season.
Tonight’s matchup marks the first of five remaining Henlopen North contests for the Riders; down the stretch they’ll also face Sussex Tech, Dover, Smyrna and Cape Henlopen.
Their remaining duals against out-of-conference opponents isn’t any easier, as they still have Salesianum, Appoquinimink, Christiana and William Penn on their schedule.
After tonight’s contest against Sussex Central, CR will participate in their final regular season tournament of the year, traveling to Stephen Decatur High School (Md.) for the annual War on the Shore.