As the Delaware High School wrestling regular season begins to wind down, local teams are hopeful that they can find success on the mat in their regular season dual meets as well as in conference and state meets.


As the Delaware High School wrestling regular season begins to wind down, local teams are hopeful that they can find success on the mat in their regular season dual meets as well as in conference and state meets.

Appoquinimink, St. Georges, and Middletown will also take part in the Canal Classic, hosted by Middletown High School Friday Jan. 27 and Saturday Jan. 28.

“My goals are to have a great record and as a whole we want to take the whole team to states for us to be there we need to keep up the intensity,” Appoquinimink coach Charles Hernandez said.

“Our goal is to win championships. Whether it be individual tournaments, Conference titles, state titles or National titles,” Middletown coach Clif Bakhsh said. “This can be done by improving individuals every day at some aspect of the sport. Strength, conditioning, mat awareness, quickness, technique, etc... and remaining dedicated to this.”

“We want to come together as a team, win a second conference title, win team states duals and have fun doing it,” St. Georges Tech coach Nate Pellegrini said. “We can do this by believing in ourselves and our team and by out-working our opponents.”

St. Georges

The Hawks, the defending Blue Hen Conference Flight B champions, are 5-0 with wins in the Yellow Jacket invitational and a third place finish at the Polytech Invitational.

St. Georges boasts a team that Pellegrini considers “fairly solid from top to bottom.” 

“We have to tough freshmen at 106 (Austin Walker and Jake Chilson) that have been battling for the 106 position.  Sophomores Rocco Hladney and Michael Albanese have been a strong combination at 138 and 145, both doing well in tournaments and duals,” he said.  “Seniors Billy Matarese (113), Nick Dooley (182) and Eric Catts (195) have all been turning it up this season and should make some noise at states this year.”

Pellegrini is hopeful the Hawks can continue to work hard and defend their conference crown, especially with the bulk of their Flight B schedule coming up.

“We are working to win another conference title this year.  We have a few tough conference teams left on the schedule this year but if we keep working and wrestle well I believe we can achieve this goal,” he said.

 

Appoquinimink

The Jaguars are newcomers to Blue Hen Conference Flight A after spending their first three seasons as a program in Flight B.

“Flight A is a new competion for these boys and if they keep up the hard work and great wrestling we will have the whole team at states this year,” he said.

The Jaguars have several talented wrestlers. Josh Smith as yet to lose in the conference since dropping to 126, 195 pounder RK Simmonds is making a name for himself in the Blue Hen, at 135 pounder Andrew Hughes. Cole Cordell (138 pounds) is what Hernandez calls “a scrappy wrestler that is underrated and will step in to the mix and come out as one of the best.”

Appo also has Tom Bean at 145 pounds and freshman Sean Marshall at 113 pounds

“Sean will turn heads with his strong wrestling and ‘never stop’ attitude,” Hernandez said.

 

Middletown

 

The Cavaliers edged Appoquinimink in a recent dual meet match in spite of some injuries this season.

“We have an entire team that is working everyday to improve and be the best they can be individually right now," Bakhsh said.

“To name one wrestler as a stand out defeats the purpose of working as a unit, but Jake Vick has been wrestling pretty tough again this season and Freshmen Erich Schneider and Carter McClung, Juniors Austin Brant and Jason Waydelis are coming along as planned and are performing at higher levels as well."

Bakhsh wants the Cavaliers to focus on each Flight A match as it comes, especially after an emotional come-from-behind win against their cross-town rival.

"Our conference is tricky, teams wrestle up and down all the time. It is a matter of staying on your game the entire season," he said. "Anyone can be beated at any time - not one team is so far ahead of the rest of the conference. We will need to remain disciplined to our fundamentals and remain focused on improving match by match and not look too far forward or past anyone."

E-mail Chris Stevens at chris.stevens@doverpost.com