Smyrna’s Tanner Mullen scored one of the Eagles’ six pins as the No. 1 ranked team in Delaware defeated rival Caesar Rodney 47-17 Wednesday night.
Caesar Rodney entered ranked 3rd in the WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Division I top 5, and had Smyrna in a 9-8 match following a 6-3 win at 106 by Michael Primo and a technical fall from Cameron Hayes.
Smyrna took that one point lead and stretched it out by winning the next six matches, including earning 18 points on three pins.
Greg Baum broke open a scoreless match after two periods with a reversal, eventually claiming his match at 120 5-0 to push the lead to 12-8.
Cole Sebastianelli (126) and Chase Archangelo (132) followed with pints to turn the side, and then Nate Bryant’s technical fall win at 138 put Smyrna ahead 29-8.
In a match that Smyrna head coach Kurt Howell thought could go either way, Mullen seized the momentum, taking a 3-2 deficit after one period and turning it into a second period pin.
Kalen Wilson (160) and Hunter Moyer (182) also earned falls for Smyrna.
The best matches of the night came at 106 and 152.
At 106, Smyrna’s Nick Natarcola trailed 2-1 in the final 20 seconds when he earned a takedown on Michael Primo to take a 3-2 lead.
The two wrestlers went back to the middle, and Primo managed to reverse with :05 left to get those two points, plus back points for a stunning 6-3 outcome.
Smyrna’s Dakota Kerr and Thomas Gallucci each traded single escapes as they fought to a 1-1 draw in regulation.
They both managed to earn escapes in their 30 second overtime periods to make it a level 2-2 stalemate after six periods.
In the mandatory-escape 7th period, Gallucci held on just long enough, with Kerr being in the process of a reverse as time expired, but couldn’t the duke, and had to settle for a 3-2 defeat.
The final match of the night was a battle of state champions as CR’s Michael Clavier defeated Smyrna’s Tony Wuest 11-5. The match turned in the final seconds of the opening period, when Wuest seemed to jam his left arm against the mat as Clavier executed a takedown.
Despite several injury timeouts, the gritty Wuest refused to stop, and kept fighting to the very end. Ultimately, he could not overcome Clavier’s offense, but that wouldn’t spoil a successful night for the Eagles.
Smyrna (7-0) will travel to Pennsylvania power Malvern Prep on Friday night before a showdown with Division II favorite Milford on Saturday night at home.
Caesar Rodney (3-2) hosts Middletown on Thursday before competing in a tri-meet with A.I. duPont and Caravel on Saturday.
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