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CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, January 16 - January 22, 1998 - 75 Three Viking wrestlers reach f'mals at Glasgow Invitational By Mary Beaman The Viking varsity wrestling team tackled the Glasgow Invita- tional Tournament in Newark on Saturday, Jan, 10, and can now boast of two reigning champions after advancing three into the title matches. Viking leader Matt Martin, 152, pinned his way into the finals. In the championship round, he was matched up with rival Ryan Smith from Hodgson Vo-Tech. In a hard-fought, flip-flop scoring du- el, Martin led by one point going into the third period. Early in this final confrontation, Martin ex- ploded from the bottom position, reversing the roles and flattening Smith on the mat, capturing his first tourney title of the season. In the heavyweight division, Cape's Matt Graviet, after receiv- ing a bye in the preliminaries, as- sisted his Hodgson opponent's back in kissing the rubber in the semifinal round. In the championship event, without breaking into a sweat, Graviet scored the initial take- down and pancaked his North East (Md,) foe S. Ayers, much to the delight of Cape's bleacher-weary parents. Viking wrestler Straughn Gorman, 112, had a much tougher time once he reached the finals. In this showdown, Gorman's coun- terpart, J. Mill from Christiana High School, gradually gained the upper hand and posted a major de- cision for the crown. Despite individual losses, this young Viking wrestling team con- tinued to be optimistic. Cape High's sophomore grappler Damien Spicer, 135, beamed with a sense of victory despite a crush- ing defeat. "At least I didn't get pinned. I had to hold myself off my back with one hand as my op- ponent, Laucirica, kept lifting me, trying to put me away. You should have seen it. He was really frus- trated that he couldn't pin me," Spicer said. After Hodgson's senior wrestler Laucirica was identified to Spicer as being last year's state champi- on, his smile broadened. Overall, Cape placed fifth out of a field of nine teams. Three of the available weight classes were not manned by the Vikings. Despite this disadvantage, Cape was only 18 points from fourth place finish- er and Henlopen Conferencerival Milford High, with Division II state champions Hodgson Vo- Tech in New Castle County the uncontested winner. Other Viking top finishers: Theron Pavlik, 189, third; David Redard, 140, fifth; Clint Haxton, 125, sixth; and Kyle Inman, 160, sixth. Cape's JV wrestling team was also in action Saturday, Jan. 10, traveling to PolyTech Junior Var- sity Tournament held at PolyTech High School in Woodside. Viking grappler Kevin Murphy, 160, col- lected a second place medal for his efforts, while Jenna Pavlik, wrestling at 171, finished fifth. Nine JV wrestlers participated in the tournament, including John Davis, Adam Cayer, Tom Kreis, Alex Hense, Christian Hollingsworth, Dan Hamer and Lawrence Denny. - Angle Moon photo Theron Pavlik gets the pin in the 185-Dound weight class in the Vikings match against Lau. rel on Friday, Jan. 9. Laurel Bulldogs take bite out of Viking ship By Mary Beaman The Laurel Bulldogs took a bite out of the Vikings' wrestling ship as Cape sunk in defeat 42- 21 during Henlopen Conference action Friday, Jan. 9. The Vike's new theme song, "Bad Moon Rising," was prophetic as a strategic reshuffling of the lighter weight wrestlers in hopes of possible upsets backfired. Up until the 152-pound division, Cape had not registered any points on the scoreboard. Led by team captains Matt Martinand Theron Pavlik, the Vikings were able to regroup and muster a fight, winning four out of the next five matches. In the closely contested duel, at the 160-pound weight class, Cape sophomore Kyle Inman rallied for a decision in the last five seconds. "My opponent was running out of gas towards the end of the final period; I just tried to keep go- ing even though I was running low, too," he said. Inman won the match 7-6. Recording pins for the Vikings were Martin 152; Pavlik, 189; and Graviet, heavyweight. Subscribe to the Cape Gazette - 645-7700 BRAND Muili-PuMImSe Broom or Deluxe Sponge Mop Broom has 100% natural corn bflstles with hardwood handle.' Power strip on the mop helps remove tough stains. Plastic wringer won't rust. 1003201,19521 ] ,teE BRAND 97 T,. 1" x 25' tape role'with high visibility case. Choose from 0range or Yellow. 2073641,2073658 WINDMERE" 1,500 Watt Heater Features 2 heat settings: 1,00011,500 watts. Auto shut-off safety device. 5002091 BRAND Duck Tape PxWyd. Strong, waterproof, all-purpose tape. 4O402 2 99