Sussex Central rode the momentum to snap Smyrna’s four-year winning streak and claim the DIAA Division I Dual-Meet Wrestling Championship 32-30 Tuesday night.
The Golden Knights had to survive a tough semifinal to even make the championship match, with Brandon Bautista edging Cape Henlopen’s Cory Lawson 4-3 in the last match at 160 to win 28-26.
Lucas Hudson was first on the match in the final, and he trailed 1-0 with under 10 seconds to go when he was able to draw a reversal and earn a critical three points.
The match would swing back and forth between 106 and 132, with the teams combining for five straight pins.
Sussex Central would gets falls from Javon Safford (106), Yony Morales (113), and Rashad Stratton (126). Smyrna’s counters came from Nick Natarcola (120) and Greg Baum (132).
Smyrna’s Chase Archangelo earned another pin at 145, and Nate Bryant’s 7-3 decision at 152 put the Eagles up 30-28 with two matches remaining.
Bautista found himself in another pressure situation, and this time he escaped with a 2-1 win over Dakota Kerr at 160, setting up the final showdown.
Blake Chambers took control early, and cruised to a 6-0 victory over Masen Wilson at 6-0 to seal the upset for the Golden Knights.