Wrestlers from Middletown, Appoquinimink and St. Georges Tech high schools will be competing for individual honors and the team crown Friday evening and all-day Saturday at Middletown High School.
This weekend, Flight A champion Middletown will host the 2019 Blue Hen Conference Wrestling Tournament, bringing together the best from Flight A and Flight B ahead of the individual state championships next weekend.
The address for Middletown High School is 120 Silver Lake Road, also accessible from East Main Street (Route 299).
Here is the schedule:
Friday, Feb. 15 (First session of tournament)
4-7 p.m., preliminaries;
7 p.m., quarterfinals on mats 1 and 2;
7 p.m., consolation first round, mat 3.
Saturday, Feb. 16 (Second session of tournament)
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., championship semifinals, mats 1 and 2;
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., consolation second round, mat 3;
1-3 p.m., consolation quarterfinals;
3-4 p.m., consolation semifinals;
4 p.m., seventh place matches.
Saturday night, Feb. 16 (Third session of tournament)
6-6:45 p.m., fifth place matches;
6:45-7:30 p.m., third place matches;
7:45 p.m., introduction of finalists;
8 p.m., championship finals.
Admission is $5 per session.
Re-entry is permitted with a stamp for that session.
After an impressive 12-3 regular season and a Blue Hen Flight A title, the Middletown Cavaliers qualified as the sixth seed for the eight-team DIAA Division I Dual Team Wrestling State Championships held last weekend at Smyrna High.
While the Cavaliers were knocked out in the quarterfinals, they came away with valuable experience against the No. 3-seeded Salesianum squad. Middletown gave Sallies a fight in a 49-24 contest, thanks to wins from Willem Carl, Wyatt Techentine, Brian Schneider, Chris Winkelman and Nicholas Bailey.
Heading into the conference championships, the Cavaliers return three defending champs in Schneider, Carl and Louis Savino. Other competitors to keep an eye on this weekend from the Cavaliers are seniors Cassidy Chas, Sidney Ndi, Jarrett Stanton, Tehentine and Winkelman, along with sophomore George Thomas.
This season, Middletown bounced back from a 2-7 mark a year ago, improving their win total by 10 while recapturing the Flight A championship.
St. Georges Tech Hawks
The Hawks ended their season with a 6-5 mark as a team, qualifying for the DIAA Division I Dual Team Wrestling State Championships.
Despite wins by Andre Boone and Matthew Meadows, St. Georges Tech was eliminated in the quarterfinals by defending D-I champion, Caesar Rodney.
Meadows has been an impressive freshman throughout the year, leading the pack among some of the best at the 106 weight class.
Along with Meadows, the Hawks return defending conference champion Sebastian Sye and Scott Reagan and Dontae Ferrara who were both conference runners-up a season ago.
The Jaguars finished the season with team record of 2-9, but look to end the season on a high note and perhaps build toward next season at this year’s conference tournament.
Despite their team record, the Jaguars did close out the regular season with a 60-16 win over A.I. duPont.
Several Jags look to build off of last year’s experience at the tournament, including senior Patrick McNeilly, juniors Gavin Milyo and Connor Simpler and sophomore Josh Malone.