Match of the Week
Push to Post-Season
Photo: Sussex Central's A.J. Rovillard (top photo) pins Milford's Brandon Baynard in heavyweight match, Milford's Brandon Miller tops Central's Jason Dickerson in the 135 bout (middle), and Milford's Dan Donovan (standing) and Central's Jordan Lowe battle at 145.
GEORGETOWN -- The Sussex Central High School wrestling team continued its push toward the post-season with a 51-11 Henlopen Conference dual meet victory over visiting Milford on Friday, Feb. 8, 2002.
It's a post-season that head coach Phil Shultie believes will now include the Golden Knights' third consecutive appearance in the Division I dual meet state tournament.
Shultie, whose team finished its dual meet season with a 12-1 record, said after the win over Milford that official bids will come on Sunday but that he expects the Knights to be in the four-team tourney against conference champion Caesar Rodney, St. Mark's and William Penn.
"If we don't make it, I'll be disappointed," said Shultie.
The Knights have been on a roll since some close calls earlier in the season.
But aside from a loss to seven-time conference dual meet champion CR, the Knights have steam-rolled their opponents since a 43-27 victory over Smyrna on Jan. 16.
Since that win, the Knights have scored more than 50 points six times, including more than 60 points three times.
The big win over Milford, though, was especially impressive, although Shultie pointed out that the Knights had several close wins that came down to the wire.
The Knights started off with an 18-0 lead before Milford got its first points on a major decision by Thomas Drummond at 119.
That stopped a Central run that started with a pin by Lewis Day at 189 and a pin by A.J. Rovillard in the heavyweight match and concluded with two of those close wins Shultie referred to -- a 4-3 decision by Derek Waughen at 103 and a 7-6 decision by Joshua Lowe at 112.
Waughen used a third period takedown to win his match, while Lowe scored a takedown with 30 seconds left to win his.
After Drummond's victory, the Knights put seven more points on the board with an 11-7 victory by Richard Dondarski over Josh Abraham at 125 and a major decision by Orion Cameron at 130.
Brandon Miller pulled Milford within 25-7 with a 10-6 decision over Jason Dickerson, but Central senior Casey Strohmeyer responded with a pin at 140 for a 31-7 Knight advantage.
Jordan Lowe then recorded a pin at 145, Wyatt Hall scored a takedown in the last second of his 5-3 win over Dan Madanat at 152, and Raheim Brunskill posted a pin at 160 to give Central a 51-7 lead.
Milford's Kris Kendzierski gave Milford its last points with a major decision at 171.
Photo: Milford's Thomas Drummond gets a near fall in his victory over Central's Jeremy Milam.
189 -- Lewis Day (SC) pinned Andrew Abel, :30
215 -- Weldon Bagwell (SC) won by forfeit
Hwt. -- A.J. Rovillard (SC) pinned Brandon Baynard, 3:13
103 -- Derek Waughen (SC) dec. Nick Creasey, 4-3
112 -- Joshua Lowe (SC) dec. Josh Chilcoate, 7-6
119 -- Thomas Drummond (M) maj. dec. Jeremy Milam, 12-4
125 -- Richard Dondarski (SC) dec. Josh Abraham, 11-7
130 -- Orion Cameron (SC) maj. dec. Keith Brown, 14-6
135 -- Brandon Miller (M) dec. Jason Dickerson, 10-6
140 -- Casey Strohmeyer (SC) pinned David Marvel, 3:45
145 -- Jordan Lowe (SC) pinned Dan Donovan, 5:51
152 -- Wyatt Hall (SC) dec. Dan Madanat, 5-3
160 -- Raheim Brunskill (SC) pinned Ian Ferguson, 1:55
171 -- Kris Kendzierski (M) maj. dec. Brett Cordrey, 15-3
Sussex Central head coach Phil Shultie on his team's improvement as it heads toward the post-season:
"We are getting better. You can't look at the final score like tonight because we had some close matches. It just seems like when we wrestle Milford we step it up a little bit and win the close ones, but when we wrestle CR, we never do win the close ones."
Shultie on the result against Milford:
"We knew coming into the match, we thought that if we got the draw, which we did, four or five matches we would win. I thought the matches we would win would not be close, but they were close tonight. I'm just happy with my kids with what they did. We always wrestle Milford tough."
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