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FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 - MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 85 Grapplers getting ready for the grind By Dave Frederick match at Smyrna 33-24. fredman@capegazette com And the action is just heating up, like a pot of pasta on a gas Wrestling is such a tough sport stove. it hurts just to watch it. Cape's The Vikings return to roll- season has been a great one around action Saturday, Jan. 25, the first time in forever, with hosting a quadrangular meet the Vikings beating both Caesar that includes Cape, Sussex Tech, Rodney and Sussex Central in Indian River and Woodbridge dual-meet competition. Cape wrestling on two mats. also won the prestigious Hub Cape versus Sussex Tech is Cup tournament in Maryland a Route 9 rivalry between two before dropping a showdown teams that are having banner seasons. The Ravens, coached by Scott Layfield, have won two tournaments, beaten Sussex Cen- tral and are hoping to nail down a spot in the Monday, Feb. 10 six- team Division I State Dual Meet Championships that will be held at Smyrna High School. "It will be Smyrna, Caesar Rodney, Cape, Sallies, William Penn and maybe Sussex Tech," said coach Chris Mattioni, whose team has never before made it to the dual-meet tournament, Continued on page 89 NICK DIEGO digs deep during his match with Caesar DAN COOK PHOTOS Rodney. Vinnie Diego grapples his Caesar Rodney opponent. Andre Flowers drives his CR opponent to the mat. Balance of power - Look- ing back on 2013, I count 30 state Championships with some sports broken into two divisions. I break schools into three categories: the public, private and countywide vocational-technical schools. I list Wilmington Charter as a private school because it is selective and not an all-inclu- sive public school. The private schools accounted for 18 of the 30 state championships award- ed, with Salesianum, a boys' school, winning five including cross country, lacrosse, soc- cer, swimming and football. Padua, a girls' school, also won five including cross country, indoor track, soccer, volleyball and outdoor trace Throw in Saint Mark's baseball and Saint Elizabeth's basketball, and that's 12 for the Catholics, proving my theory that making the sign of the cross during competition results in more championships. Public schools won nine state titles, wittl CR winning boys' indoor and outdoor track and golf, Smyrna girls' outdoor track and wrestling, Cape field hock- ey and girls' lacrosse, Laurel softball, and Indian River soc- cer. No upstate public school won a state title in any sport; that is why they are so hard to schedule for downstate schools. Howard boys' basketball, Hodg- son football and Saint Georges wrestling are tech schools that won state titles. Some public school coaches have argued that the private schools should have their own division for state tournaments because "they re- cruit," but if that happens, who is left to beat that's any good? Risk reward - Keep playing sports, and someday as a player or coach, maybe parent or grandparent, you will be getting kicked in the face and getting your teeth knocked out. Results of games don't come down to one play unless it's at the very end, and you can win it or lose it. You name the sport, and I've seen it happen. Sure, there are many minutes to win or lose a PHOTO COURTESY OF HOKIESPORTS.COM JAZMINE REEVES from Caesar Rodney and Virginia Tech, a soccer first-team All-American, was drafted by the Boston Breakers Jan. 17. game - keep telling yourself that Punter - Arizona Cardinals - - but closeout time is an entirely punter Dave Zastudil is the different animal. Just be ready nephew of Clul Fitness trainer to deal when it happens; we all Dave Kergaard. David is so have examples, you don't need athletic, the Ravens toyed with mine. Continued on page 88