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CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, February 8 - Monday, February 11, 2008 - 111 Viking grapplers post two victories Cape wrestlers tune up. as the Henlopen season winds down By Dave Frederick Cape Gazette staff Cape picked up a pair of wrestling victories earlier this week, knocking off visiting Caravel 42-20 Monday, Feb. 4, then hanging on and escaping Sussex Tech 36-34 Wednesday, Feb. 6. The Viking s improved to 9-4 on the season and host Milford on Senior Night this Friday, Feb. 8. "Chris (Mattioni) has one of the hottest teams in the state right now; ' said former heavyweight state champion Scott Layfield, the head-coach of the Ravens. "We didn't match up well and he was smart moving his people for max- imum points. " Derek Gay iced the match that began at 215 with a pin at 160 giv- ing Cape a 36-22 advantage with only two bouts remaining. "I have to be reckless and con- fident to be at my best," said Gay, who has 16 pins on the season. Cape's Steve Gregson was lead- ing Rob Wilgus 6-2 before getting caught for a pin in the second period which set up an emotional, aggressive and over-the-top throw-down at 189 matching Kyle Kaminski of Cape versus Alex Thomas of Sussex Tech. Kaminski had accumulated four unsportsmanlike points from head butting to headgear twisting and then, in bad guy/good guy mat- time drama, got pinned by Thomas in the second period. "I don't know what that was all about," Layfield said after the match. "Kaminski is a good wrestler and a good kid. Those guys have wrestled before and know each other and there are no hard feel- ings as far as I know." The Ravens got a big win at 103 where John Briddell upset Chris Young 6-4. Young has 25 wins on the season and one more will give him the school record for fresh- men. Cape received pins in the match from D.J. Reed at heavyweight, Chris McMahon at 112, Andrew Westgate at 119, Rondy Osario at 152 and Derek Gay at 160. Ravens winning by pin includ- ed Ryelan Pavlik at 145, Rob Wilgus at 171 and Alex Thomas at 189. Cape victories by decision were Andrew Ricker at 125 and Kevin Smith at 135. Last Monday night versus Caravel, the match started at heavyweight as D.J. Reed of Cape got a single leg of Kris Enslen secured between his own. And then in a flash he was pinned. "Standing cement mixer," said A.J.Brooks, former heavyweight star for Sussex Tech. Cape came back behind pins from Kevin Smith at 130 and Derek Gay at 160 to win the match 42-20 over the Buccaneer squad coached by Joe Archangelo. Cape wins by decision came from Chris McMahon at 112, Andrew Ricker at 119, Chris Williams at 135, Jeffery Rogan at 145, Rondy Osario at 152; Tim Carroll at 171 and Kyle Kaminski at 189. Jeffery Rogan at 145 won 10-5 scoring all his points on take- downs. "Rogan's best match of the sea- son," said Mattioni. Dan Cook photos Above, Derek Gay, wrestling at 160 pounds, uses a unique move to pin Sussex Tech opponent Jeff Shaeffer as the Vikings nipped the Ravens Wednesday, Feb. 6, by two points, 36-34. Below, Chris McMahon controls Caravel's Ryan Eolf en route to a 4-2 decision in the U2-pound weight class on Monday, Feb. 4. Swim Continued from page 110 IM, respectively, as Coveleski gained a third in the 100 free. Rounding out top performanc- es, Bailey, Frederick and Fleming each grabbed third in the 200 free, 50 free and 100 breast, respective- ly. Despite losing key swimmers just a few meets ago, the Viking boys finished their conference season with a respectable 5-1 record, losing only to an undefeat- ed Seaford High. While Milford had a few strong swimmers that grabbed the majority of firsts out from under Cape, the Vikings had the depth the Bucs lacked. "It was nice to go out on a win- ning note," Geppert concluded. "It's hard to be successful in high school sports with new athletes constantly rotating in and out. This is boys' eighth winning sea- son of the last nine and girls' eighth consecutive. They have the consistency coaches want in a high school team." The 200 medley team com- posed of J.T. DiGuglielmo, Ryan Bristowe, Mike Saltiel and Cameron Weber dove in for the first event and came out with a win. The second relay of Conrad Rutkowski, Mark Deptula, Richard Coning and Derrek Renken placed third, adding more points to the mix. Saltiel and Weber later teamed with Max Coveleski and Nick Priano for a first in the 200 free relay in 1:39.55. Coveleski took third in the 100 free in 55.22 and joined Priano, Brist0we and Brett Morris during the final event for a second in the 400 relay. A senior who stepped it up the latter half of the season, Bristowe led the boys' sweep in the 100 breast, taking first in 1:11.90 ahead of Saltiel in second and Deptula in third. Another former Buc, Saltiel stroked to a first in the 100 fly in Mike Saltiel, out sick for a week, came back to take first in the 100 butterfly event. 1:01.31, out-touching Priano in second by 0.22. Priano gained a second in the 100 back in 1:03.71, finishing three seconds before DiGuglielmo in third. Similarly, Bristowe placed second in the 200 IM in 2:26.15 while Buchwald came in third at 2:48.93. Buchwald took third in the 200 IM and teamed with DiGuglielmo, Rutkowski and Renken for more depth points in the 400 free relay, earning another third in 4:10.54. A freshman, Rutkowski stroked to a second behind Milford in the 500 .free ahead of senior Brett Morris in third. Morris previously earned second in the 200 free in 2:08.07 while Rutkowski took third. Cameron Weber touched a pair of seconds in the 50 and 100 free. Each Cape team finished with a 7-3 regular Season record.