Match of the Week
in State Duals
Photos: Sussex Central's Jake Booth (above) recorded his 100th career win, while in photos below, heavyweight A.J. Rovillard (top) registered a pin in his match and 130-pounder Orion Cameron (bottom) gets advice from coach Phil Shultie.
GEORGETOWN -- Sussex Central High School head wrestling coach Phil Shultie seems to have had his fill of moral victories against perennial power Caesar Rodney.
So while he was proud of his team's performance in a 29-27 loss to CR in the Delaware Division I state dual meet semifinals on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, the loss still hurt as much as all of the others.
CR eventually won the state title with a 31-27 victory over St. Mark's in the finals at Delaware State University. Hodgson won the Division II title for the fifth straight year by beating Lake Forest, 45-18.
Wednesday evening's defeat was probably harder to take for the Golden Knights than most of their losses to CR because of the way the Knights pushed CR to the wall.
"Yeah, but we just can't pull it off," said Shultie when asked about his team's ability to challenge CR when no other Henlopen Conference team even comes close to the Riders.
With 135-pound regular Jordan Lowe out due to an illness, the Knights had to do some major lineup shuffling that involved bumping up most of their middle weights to higher weight classes.
With Lowe out, the Knights had to insert Jordy Dickerson into the 125-pound slot and bump regular 125-pounder Orion Cameron up to 130 to fill the slot vacated by Corey Strohmeyer, who moved up to 135 to fill Lowe's spot.
The domino effect continued with Raheim Brunskill moving up from 145 to 152 and Teddy Thompson moving up from 152 to 160. At the same time, Shultie inserted James Leyh into the lineup at 145 to fill Brunskill's usual spot.
The moves didn't debilitate the Knights, but they did hurt. During the regular season, for instance, Sussex Central actually led CR 20-19 following a pin by Thompson at 152.
On Wednesday night, however, the Knights trailed 22-16 despite a pin by Brunskill of CR's Steve Crew at 152.
Thompson then lost to CR's Brian Rigby, 9-8, at 160 to make it 25-16, and a major decision by CR's Brian Palmer over Sussex Central's Erik Thompson at 171 put the outcome out of reach at 29-16.
Thompson looked like he would come back from a 9-2 deficit against Rigby but he ran out of time.
The Knights fell behind 17-0 when CR's Jon Hummel decisioned Central's Joshua Lowe 8-6 at 103, Sean Corea pinned SC's Jeremy Milam in 5:06 at 112, Chris Parker decisioned the Knights' Kyle Isaacs 7-2 at 119, and Steve Scaffedi scored a technical fall over Central's Jordy Dickerson at 125.
The Knights began their comeback in the 130-pound match when Orion Cameron decisioned CR's Josh McGregor 14-10. Corey Strohmeyer and Casey Strohmeyer brought the Knights to within 17-10 with a major decision and decision at 135 and 140, respectively.
Casey Strohmeyer's 7-2 decision over CR's Dwayne Graham was particularly impressive considering that Strohmeyer had been pinned by Graham during their regular season meeting.
CR stopped the Knights' momentum with Kopp's technical fall over Leyh at 145. Kopp moved down a weight class from the regular season dual meet when he was pinned by Thompson.
Kopp's technical fall put CR ahead 22-10.
After Palmer's major decision over Hopkins clinched the victory for CR, the Knights finished strong with a technical fall by Jake Booth at 189 and a pin by A.J. Rovillard in the heavyweight match.
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Photo: Sussex Central's Corey Strohmeyer looks to the clock toward the end of his 11-2 major decision over CR's Todd Martin in the 135-pound match.
Sussex Central coach Phil Shultie on his team's performance:
"I thought we did a hell of a job against them. We wrestled well. I was impressed. It takes a lot of guts for those guys (Raheim Brunskill and Teddy Thompson) to bump up (a weight class) and we almost pulled it out at the end."
Shultie on shuffling his lineup:
"We had our 135 guy (Jordan Lowe) out of the lineup tonight (due to illness), so we had to shuffle up. We couldn't have beaten them with a straight lineup."
Shultie on the stiff challenges his Knights have put up against CR:
"Yeah, but we just can't pull it off."
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