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64 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 Pee Wee wrestlers spark Cape's win over Delmar By Mary Beaman The future of Cape district wrestling took center stage as the pee wee wrestlers of the Rehoboth Beach Wrestling Club competed against their counterparts from Seaford on Wednesday, Jan. 21, during an exhibition match prior to the high school's main event. The outlook certainly looks bright for the Vikings program once these grapplers reach the sec- ondary level. The Rehoboth Beach Club won this outstanding contest 38 - 21. Taking their cue from the pee wees, the Cape Henlopen Vikings propelled themselves past the Del- mar Wildcats by a score of 46-19 for their first conference victory. "It's been a long time coming," repeated a relieved Vikings coach, Chris Mattioni. "It feels good to win no matter who it is." Nine of Mattioni's wrestlers registered wins. "It was a total team effort. Even those wrestlers who lost were having some success," Mat- tioni said. In the first eight weight classes, Cape scored with two technical falls, and posted two close deci- sions while giving up two forfeits. This left the Vikes in trouble, trailing 16-19 after the 145-pound weight-class bout. Then the sleeping giants awoke as the Viking upper weights rose to the occasion, providing three pins in the final five matches, and cashed in on two Delmar forfeits. Recording pins for the Vikes were Matt Martin, 152, Kyle Inman, 160, and Matt Graviet, heavy- weight. It's got to be tough going into a dual meet knowing your team will be handicapped by 18 points and have to play catch up the entire night. But that's what the Cape Henlopen wrestling team has had to do nearly every ime it puts its feet on the mat. The circumstances were no dif- ferent when they were edged by the potent Indian River Indians by a score of 35-29 on Friday, Jan. 23. Angle Moon photo Rehoboth Police Athletic League wrestler Bobby Hopkins gains the upper hand on the way to a victory by pin over his Laurel opponent. Methodically, Cape chipped tionod the Vikes withinstriking away at IRis lead by scoring two distance at the 160-pound weight decisions: a technical fall and a division juncture. If the Vikings buzzer-beating pin. This posi- could avoid giving up a pin and al- so snatch a decision at either 160 or 171, ihen Cape would still have a chance for their big men to squelch the Indian uprising. Cape High's Bryan Travis, 160, squirmed out from a near pin and lost by a technical fall decision to his IR rival. This left the fate of the dual meet resting upon the young shoulders of Viking grappler In- man. Inman, wrestling up at 171, fought courageously and nearly tagged his Indian River oppo- nent's back to the mat late into the match. In the end, however, In- man was unable to post the need- ed points, allowing the Indians to keep victory out of Cape's reach. The Vikings' terminators, Theron Pavlik, 189, and Graviet, heavyweight, went on to record back to back pins as unpleasant reminders to the Indians about IR's close call with defeat. FINAL NOTE: Recording a pin at the buzzer: David Redard at 140. Cape wrestlers take crowns at Valley Forge Invitational By Mary Beaman The Valley Forge Military Academy's first Pennsylvania State Independent School Cham- pionship wrestling team of 1988 was honored in a ceremony prior to the crowning events of this year's Cadet Invitational Tourney on Saturday, Jan. 24. Among those recognized from the cham- pions of '88 was its co-captain and the current mentor of our own Cape Henlopen team, coach Chris Mattioni. The Viking grapplers al- so paid a tribute of their own to their coach by recording the best outing to date. Climbing itself up into fourth place out of 15 teams, Cape's squad went on to advance three finalists into the invitation- al's title rounds. "We are definitely a tournament team," commented Vikes co-cap- tain Matt Martin. Martin, 152, Mlndy Martin photo Cape's Kyle Inman is shown on his way to a winning deci- sion during the Valley Forge Invitational. brought home the gold when he decisioned his opponent, Park from Episcopal Academy, by a 6- 2 score, capturing Cape's first championship of the evening. Heavyweight Matt Graviet, who probably has more pins now than a seamstress at a bridal fitting, rolled over his competitors on his way to the finals. In the final, Graviet handed out another flat- tening to his rival, Woodward from Malvem Prep, clinching his second Valley Forge crown in two years. Wrestling at 189, Theron Pavlik lost a heartbreaker for first place when he yielded to Wyoming Seminary grappler, Sherwood, in the last 20 seconds of the match. Other Viking wrestlers who re- ceived recognition were: Straughn Gorman, 112, third place; John Bushey, 145; fourth place; Clint Haxton, 125, fifth place, and In- man, 160, Sixth. Minor league football team seeks players Peninsula Power Football Inc. will begin professional minor league play in 1998. The team is looking for players to round out the 1998 squad. A wide receivers coach and a defensive back coach are also needed. The next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11:30 a.m., and will be held at the Salisbury Ramada Inn, Route 13. Call general manager Jude Vi- tilio at 410-208-1965 or head coach Tony Hall at 436-9001 for more information. Milton Little League registration begins Feb. 3 Players may sign up for the Mil- ton Little League, Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 3 to 5, Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Milton VFW, located in front of the ballpark. Children ages 5-18 are eligible to play. Birth certificates are re- quired. The cost is $25 per child, or $35 per family. Tryouts will take place on March 21 and 28. Letters of intent from prospec- tive managers are needed and should be turned in by Feb. 14. Pool operators course offered at YMCA The Sussex Family YMCA will offer the YMCA Pool Operator on Location (POOL) course on Feb. 21 and March 21. This is an in- tense eight-and-one-half hour course into areas of water chem- istry, filtration, disinfection sys- tems, spa operation, maintenance, safety and liability. POOL is a standardized national YMCA certification course. The class hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a working lunch. To register, call 227-8018. Polar bears can prepare, but they can't practice Sunday, Feb. 1, marks next Special Olympics plunge By Dave Frederick Legendary Delaware scholastic coach George Glenn (Sallies-Cape) thought he may like to join the Lewes Polar Bears but Coach Glenn is not whimsical by nature so he laid out a preparation plan. "I've been practicing by taking cold showers and I've come to the conclusion that polar bearing is not for me," Glenn said. As president of the club and a person who has plunged during a myriad of adverse conditions, I stared at my buddy Glenn in astonishment and exclaimed, "What are you, nuts?" Five hundred plungers (sounds like a hardware warehouse) will immerse and submerse into the Atlantic this Sunday, Feb. 1, in a show of titanic support for Spe- cial Olympics. That is a good thing, a Delaware happen- ing and if you participate there's no doubt you're a cool if not "Ice, Ice Baby." Here are some tips and hip pointers: Bring an old blanket and stand on it before and after. This activity is all about extremi- ties. Don't worry about the ocean tempera- ture. Expect 35 degrees and you won't be far off. Air temperature and wind are major factors. Any ocean breeze post-plunge is like walking wet and naked through a beer cool- er on an August afternoon. (Been there- Done That!) Speaking of the ocean let's look at tech- niques of entry and exit. If the water is rough, wait until the throng of thongs are on the way back to beaching themselves. You have less of a chance of being knocked over plus you may catch of glimpse of knocked down tops reminding you of a must-be- made-soon monster movie, "Attack of the Frozen Jello Molds." The actual method of entry is a matter of preference; just make sure the water is deep enough to execute your submersive activi- ty. Most of the young and playful porpoise adolescents just do a racing dive, which keeps you under the longest. Everyone knows teen-agers ain't got no sense and even less money. By the way, bending and splashing yourself doesn't count unless you can match Troy Donahue with "Surfside Six" and Frankie Avalon with "Venus in Blue Jeans." Here's what I do. First I go to the back of the crowd to avoid the photographers. I don't want my photo downloaded onto the web as the Cyberstalker. When Hank "Ice- man" Brittingham gooses the airhom I look for an opening and sprint to deep water. When I'm nipple deep in icy agony I per- form a wrestling sit-and-turn maneuver. When I bust back above the waterline like the "Beast of Twenty Thousand Nicobolis," I commence to chill walk back to the beach in a sort of "we bad" strut. The Lewes Polar Bears are praying for awful conditions for one of the nation's most successful fund-raising events. See ,ou there. "I must be in the back row!" Attention plungers: The Special Olympics Polar BearPlunge on Sunday, Feb. 1, has been moved to the beach at the foot of Rehoboth Ave. in Rehoboth, due to storm damage at Cape State Park.