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Delmar's Nathan Shearer -- Outstanding Wrestler
Tech's Dave Rogers -- Coach of the Year
Photo: Sussex Central's Corey Strohmeyer shoots for a takedown in his 5-0 victory over Dover's James Sacra in the 130-pound final.
LEWES -- Caesar Rodney walked off with an unprecedented fifth consecutive team title, but Sussex County teams carted off plenty of hardware at the annual Henlopen Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000.
Before a near-capacity crowd at Cape Henlopen, Sussex Central and Sussex Tech produced two team champions apiece while Tech coach Dave Rogers claimed Coach of the Year honors and Delmar 152-pounder Nathan Shearer was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.
Shearer remained unbeaten at 29-0 with a 12-6 victory over Caesar Rodney's Zack Kopp in the 152 final. Rogers, meanwhile, guided the Ravens to their first winning season and celebrated two conference tournament championships -- the first in Tech history -- with 189-pounder Jimmy Hudson and heavyweight Brandon Morrow.
Hudson used an escape and a three-point near fall to seal a 9-3 victory over Caesar Rodney's Tony Harris and Morrow used a takedown and three-point near fall in the final 30 seconds to beat Dover's Chris Denigris in the heavyweight final.
Sussex Central's Teddy Thompson and Corey Strohmeyer won championships at 145 and 130, respectively.
Thompson, the defending state champion at 145, beat Seaford's Kyle Shedaker by major decision, 16-5, to avenge a loss to Shedaker earlier in the season. Strohmeyer blanked James Sacra of Dover 5-0 in the 130 finale.
The night's biggest upset belonged to Laurel 135-pounder Adam Ralph, who stunned defending state champion James Russial of Caesar Rodney with an escape with less than 10 seconds left for the championship.
Indian River's Quinn Revel overcame an early bump on the head to capture the 112-pound title with a 19-5 superior decision over Milford's Mitch Harding.
Caesar Rodney won the team title with 268 points to runnerup Sussex Central's 213 points. Milford was third with 126 points.
In all, 49 Sussex County wrestlers qualified for next weekend's individual state tournament.
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