Over the weekend, Middletown senior Dante Immediato won the Blue Hen Conference Championship in the 138 weight class, becoming the first Cavalier to win four consecutive conference titles.
For Immediato, winning conference titles in all four years of his high school career was a goal he set for himself as a freshman.
“From the point when I realized I could win it my freshman year, I knew I wanted to be a four timer,” said Immediato. “It feels really good to have won four straight and even better to have been the only one from Middletown.”
After receiving two byes to start the conference tournament, Immediato easily defeated Delcastle’s Daniel O’Connor and William Penn’s Noah Ogbin to advance to the finals. In the championship round, he defeated Johnny Garcia of Wilmington Charter by major decision 18-3.
Immediato was also named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Blue Hen Conference Championships.
Immediato was impressive during the regular season, coming in first at the Battle of the Bridge tournament and second at both the Canal Classic and War on the Shore tournament. He also earned wins over five of the top 16 seeds at 138 in the DIAA Individual State Championships, including Douglas Gunter (Appoquinimink, No. 15), Gavin Garcia (Milford, No. 7), Johnny Garcia (Wilmington Charter, No. 6), Luke Harasika (Salesianum, No. 5) and J.T. Davis (Smyrna, No. 4).
Heading into states as the No. 3 seed, Immediato is as prepared as ever to bring home a state title to go along with his conference title this year.
“My mentality going into the state tournament is pretty good,” Immediato said. “I feel that it’s time to let go, score points and let my ability take me to where it can.”
This weekend will also mark the final time Immediato will step onto the mat as a Cavalier, which has motivated the senior even more.
“This being the last time competing as a Cavalier means I need to make Middletown proud on Saturday night,” Immediato said.