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Match of the Week ...

Feb. 2, 2001:
Knights Fall
to CR 35-20
Suffer First Loss of Season

Story | Scoring | Photos | Quotes | Notes
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Match of the Week Story ...

Drop Last Five Matches
to Suffer First Defeat

Sussex Central's Corey Lowe

Photos: Sussex Central's Jordan Lowe (above) puts a three-point near fall on CR's Toddy Martin at 137. Below, SC's Teddy Thompson starts the move that pinned CR's Zack Kopp at 154.

GEORGETOWN -- Sussex Central High School proved yet again that it is the only Henlopen Conference wrestling team that can challenge the vaunted Caesar Rodney program on Friday, Feb. 2, 2001.

Sussex Central's Teddy Thompson and Caesar Rodney's Zack KoppAnd although the Golden Knights lost 35-20, they put a scare into a CR squad that had to win the dual meet's last five matches to secure a likely sixth consecutive conference regular season championship.

Before falling to 9-1, the Knights led 20-19 on a stunning Teddy Thompson pin of highly regarded Zack Kopp at 154 and didn't surrender until 217-pounder Jack Roach was reversed by CR's Mark Reynolds with 2 seconds left in their match for a 32-20 CR lead entering the heavyweight bout.

The Riders' 80th consecutive conference dual meet win lifted them to 10-0 in the conference and 11-0 overall.

Thompson's and Roach's matches were the most pivotal and most exciting matches of the evening.

Thompson completed a Knight comeback from a 10-0 deficit when he pinned Kopp in 5:16 after leading just 8-7.

That pin, combined with Kyle Isaacs' 7-6 decision over CR's Garrett Faulkner at 121, Corey Strohmeyer's 17-5 major decision over CR's Josh McGregor at 127, Jordan Lowe's dramatic 7-6 decision over CR's Todd Martin on a reversal with 14 seconds to go at 137, and Reheim Brunskill's 18-4 major decision over CR's Steve Crew at 147, staked the Knights to their 20-19 advantage.

Thompson's pin would be the Knights' last win, however, as CR ran off consecutive decisions by Brian Rigby at 162, Brian Palmer at 173 and Tony Harris at 189 to take a 29-20 advantage that put the Knights' backs to the wall and their hopes on the back of Roach in the 217-pound match.

Roach fell behind Reynolds 7-2 after the first period but began to use his bulk to wear Reynolds down in the second period to forge an 8-8 tie entering the third period.

Reynolds went ahead again 11-8 on an escape and takedown in the first minute of the third period, only to see Roach tie the match 11-11 with a reversal with just 13 seconds left.

But just as everyone prepared for overtime, Reynolds stunned the packed house with a reversal with just 2 seconds left for a 13-11 victory that clinched the Rider win.


Match of the Week Boxscore ...

Caesar Rodney 35,
Sussex Central 20
  • 105 -- Jon Hummel (CR) dec. Joshua Lowe (SC) 11-3
  • 114 -- Chris Parker (CR) pinned Jeremy Milam (SC) :25
  • 121 -- Kyle Isaacs (SC) dec. Garrett Faulkner (CR) 7-6
  • 127 -- Steve Scaffedi (CR) dec. Orion Cameron (SC) 9-5
  • 132 -- Corey Strohmeyer (SC) maj. dec. Josh McGregor (CR) 17-5
  • 137 -- Jordan Lowe (SC) dec. Todd Martin (CR) 5-4
  • 142 -- Dwayne Graham (CR) pinned Casey Strohmeyer (SC) 3:40
  • 147 -- Raheim Brunskill (SC) maj. dec. Steve Crew (CR) 18-4
  • 154 -- Teddy Thompson (SC) pinned Zack Kopp (CR) 5:16
  • 162 -- Brian Rigby (CR) dec. Tyler Dickerson (SC) 11-9
  • 173 -- Brian Palmer (CR) dec. Erik Hopkins (SC) 6-1
  • 191 -- Tony Harris (CR) maj. dec. Jake Booth (SC) 14-6
  • 217 -- Mark Reynolds (CR) dec. Jack Roach (SC) 13-11
  • Hwt. -- B.J. Hicks (CR) dec. A.J. Rovillard (SC) 3-0

Match of the Week Photos ...

Sussex Central's Corey Strohmeyer

Photo: Sussex Central's Corey Strohmeyer posts a three-point near fall in his 17-5 major decision over CR's Josh McGregor.

Sussex Central's Kyle Isaacs

 
Sussex Central's Kyle Isaacs

Photos: Sussex Central's Kyle Isaacs (above left) decisioned CR's Garrett Faulkner 7-6, while the Knights' Raheim Brunskill major decisioned CR's Steve Crew 18-4.


Match of the Week Quotes ...

Sussex Central coach Phil Shultie on his team's performance:

"I just thought we did a great job tonight. It came down to the 215-pound match. I thought it was going to go into overtime, hoping we would win, but it didn't work out that way. I'm pleased with what we did. Like I said before, CR has a good team. I think this showed our guys exactly what we can do tonight. I'm very proud of what we did."

Shultie on Teddy Thompson's surprising pin of CR's Zack Kopp at 154:

"I thought 154 would be a real good match and it went our way. No (I didn't expect a pin). I knew it was going to be tough to beat him because I think Kopp has been him every time they've wrestled, but he (Thompson) showed tonight what he's able to do."

Shultie on this year's 35-20 loss compared to last year's 32-15 defeat:

"I think the matches this year were a lot closer than what they were last year. This was close. The score doesn't show that at the end, but it was a close match. They're (Riders) tough. I'm very proud of what we did. It would have been nice to be on top. When Teddy pinned, we came back. I could see him winning and I thought we'd pin at the heavyweight to win the match or tie, but not this time ... maybe next time."

Match of the Week Notes ...

  • The last time CR lost a regular season dual meet was 1995, when Sussex Central beat the Riders to claim the Henlopen North title. The Knights also beat CR in the 1999 state dual meet tournament. Those are the only two times the Knights have beaten the Riders since Phil Shultie took over as Central's coach in 1977.

  • Teddy Thompson beat CR's Zack Kopp for the first time. In last year's dual meet, Thompson, wrestling up a weight class, lost to Kopp 11-4. In other repeats of last year's matches, CR's Dwayne Graham pinned Casey Strohmeyer at 147 after decisioning Strohmeyer 11-7 last year, Brian Palmer beat SC's Erik Hopkins for the second straight year, and CR's Tony Harris avenged a loss to Jake Booth with a 14-6 major decision.

  • Both Sussex Central and CR seem likely to qualify for the state dual meet tournament again. The tournament is scheduled for Feb. 14 at Delaware State University.

  • With the season's biggest dual meet out of the way, thoughts will start turning to the conference individual championships at Milford on Feb. 16-17 and the state individual tournament at DelState Feb. 23-24.

  • Sussex Central won the junior varsity dual meet preceding the varsity meet, 41-36. Heavyweight Justin King sealed the victory with a 5-3 decision.

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