Caravel heavyweight drops title-match 1-0 as the Silver Eagles win tournament
Concord heavyweight Andrew Galazeski held on to defeat Curtis Linton of Caravel 1-0 in the last match of the night. The match was significant because a Buccaneers victory would have clinched the team title for Caravel. Instead, Hodgson went to win the 8th Annual Green Knight Classic wrestling tournament by a slim 5.5 points, 228 to Caravel’s 222.5. The Silver Eagles won the first three matches and five of the first seven in the final round. Dante Beadle earned a tech. fall dominating Beau Neff of Tatnall 16-0 to win the 106 pound title. The 113 lb. match featured Anthony Dominelli of Hodgson earning his 100th victory after pinning Gary Clements of Archmere. “I’ve treated all my opponents with equal respect from my first win all the way to 100. I always come into a match trying to wrestle my style, nothing more and nothing less. It has been a long ride and I hope to finish my senior season off with a state title,” said Dominelli after his monumental victory.
Hodgson’s Tyler Harris won the 120 lb. title with 4-1 decision over Archmere’s Matt McCurnin. The Silver Eagles let their presence be known with a comfortable lead in the team standings with three 1st place finishes before the fourth match. The 126 lb. and 132 lb. title matches were won by Caravel. Chris DiEdoardo won the 126 lb. title and Nick Barnhart took the 132 lb. title helping the Buccaneers cut into Hodgson’s lead. The Silver Eagles responded by winning the next two weight classes, 138 lb. & 145 lb. Joey Connor pinned Jordin Collins of host school Mount Pleasant while Josh Nicolas edged Caravel’s Nick Schaefer.
Mount Pleasant’s Caleb Lum won the 152 lb. title after pinning The Academy of Palumba’s Ernest Holland. This was the best match among the finals as Lum fought his way to a 3rd period pin with both wrestlers earning each others respect battling to exhaustion. After the match Lum said “It was a very tough match, after some of his counter moves early on, I knew he could wrestle, I knew it would be a battle.” Josh Dailey of Caravel won the 160 lb. title pinning a familiar foe, Hodgson’s Attila Brisco, who he had also beaten in an earlier tournament. The Silver Eagles got their final 1st place finish of the night when Joey Fonseca outlasted Archmere’s Jake Mottola to take the 170 lb. crown. Next, Archmere’s Patrick Wicks wrestled his way to the 182 lb. title dominating Steve Maguire of Wilmington Friends. Caravel won the next two weight classes to put their team in great position to come from behind and win the Green Knight Classic. The 195 lb. title went to the Buccaneers Colin Adams after he beat Conrad’s only finals representative Mike Zwack. St. Mark’s transfer Keith Medley showed his experience and great technique beating Howard’s Donte Scrivens for the 220 lb. title. That left Concord’s heavyweight Andrew Galazeski, who came into the tournament with a 14-2 record matched-up with Caravel’s big-bodied but very athletic heavyweight Curtis Linton. The Raiders played spoiler as Galazeski slipped-past Linton 1-0 to deny Caravel the team title, narrowly losing to Hodgson.
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