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Knights Put 8
in State Semis

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IR's SaylorAlso Moves
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Sussex Central High School's phenomenal post-season run continued in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Delaware state individual wrestling tournament as the Golden Knights advanced eight wrestlers into the semifinals.

The Knights, fresh off their first Henlopen Conference tournament team championship ever, won more quarterfinal matches than any other team in the state tournament on Friday, Feb. 22, at Delaware State University.

The eight Knights, along with defending state champion Will Saylor of Indian River and five other Sussex wrestlers, move into Saturday's semifinals at 11 a.m. at DelState.

The fifth- and third-place matches begin at 6 p.m. this evening and will be followed by the championship finals at approximately 7:45 p.m.

The Knights, who lost the conference title to Caesar Rodney during the regular season and then lost in the first round of the state dual meet tournament to eventual champion St. Mark's, continued to surprise onlookers with their dominating post-season effort.

Starting with Josh Lowe at 112 and ending with A.J. Rovillard at heavyweight, Central put twice as many wrestlers as CR in today's semifinals.

Besides Lowe and Rovillard, also advancing to the semifinals were freshman Richard Dondarski (125), the oustanding wrestler of last weekend's conference tourney, Orion Cameron (130), Casey Strohmeyer (140), Jordan Lowe (145), Wyatt Hall (152), and Raheim Brunskill (160).

Strohmeyer is trying to duplicate his brother Corey's 2001 state championship.

Saylor, meanwhile, moved within two matches of claiming the 119 title. The conference champion won the 103 state title last season.

Other Sussex wrestlers reaching the semifinals were Cape Henlopen's Kyle Hopkins and Milford's Brandon Miller (135), Seaford's Grant Gray (152), Laurel's Adam Ralph (16), and Cape's Brock Charles (189).

A number of other Sussex wrestlers remained alive with victories in the first round of consolations Friday.

Surviving from Milford were Josh Chilcote at 112, Thomas Drummond at 119, Keith Brown at 130, Dan Madanat at 152, Kris Kendzierski at 171 and Brandon Baynard at heavyweight.

Still alive from Laurel were Jared Allen at 103, D. W. Horsey at 135 and Jeff Downes at 140.

Sussex Central's Jason Dickerson (135) and Lewis Day (189) moved into the second round of consolations, as did Matt Davis of Sussex Tech at 145, David Mears of Tech at 189, Eddie Vicks of Tech at 215, and Gene Midgette of Indian River at heavyweight.

Sussex County Online will provide coverage of Saturday's competition on Sunday, Feb. 24.

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