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Viking wrestlers find going tough at state championships By Mary Beaman The fuel gauge was registering empty for Cape Henlopen High School's matmen at the conclu- sion of the title events at the 42rid annual DSSAA wrestling champi- onships, Feb. 27-28, at Delaware State University's Memorial Hall. To look around at the Viking's coaches, grapplers, parents and friends, one would have thought this group had just witnessed the sinking of the Titanic, after seeing their painful expressions of disbe- lief. Seven wrestlers had entered this tournament with high hopes of repeating or improving on last year's Cinderella finish of placing six grapplers into the top six spots. But instead the Viking's favorites were knocked from their perches or disabled early in the first day of bouts. Only four of the original seven advanced to the second day of competition, with just three wrestlers securing a top six, all- state, finish. In the midst of this disappoint- ment, however, there arose an air of surprise as Cape's John Bushey (145) found himself amazingly still in the hunt for the gold. Un- ranked Bushey, who was initially scheduled to face off with the No. 1-seed, Anthony Adams of Hodg- son, in the preliminaries, met in- stead a "stand-in" because of Adams' withdrawal from an in- jury. Bushey posted decisive scores over opponents from Con- cord and Salesianum to gain entry into the semifinals, where he squared off with Caesar Rodney's Doug Reynolds. Reynolds, the eventual state champ, bested I Cape girls Continued from page 80 putting down six first quarter points as the Vikings led 9-5 at the end of a first period marked by turnovers, bad passes and Slow re- actions on both sides of the court. Early in the second period Cape moved out to an 18-11 lead be- hind quickstarters Alexia Waples and Jessica Witherspoon, but the Lady Bucs refused to go away. A breakaway by Kemp brought the score to 22-21 Cape, with three minutes to go in the period; and seconds later she shot a pass to Sara McQuaid to put Milford ahead, 23-22, for the first time since midway through the first quarter. Two more quick scores had Milford up 27-23 with less than a minute to go. At the 30-second mark, Smith managed a look at the basket, which turned into one of her two three-pointers that night, and Witherspoon pumped one in from the paint to put Cape up 28-27 at the half. Milford dominated the boards in the third quarter of the game, capitalizing on second- or third- Mary Beaman photo Cape's Matt Graviet (heavyweight) grapples with Andy Dickerson of Tower Hill during a preliminary match. Graviet pinned Dickerson on his way to a fifth place finish. Bushey by only a 7-2 margin. Busbey, a first-time state qualifi- er, proceeded to wrap up a re- spectable sixth-place finish. Cape's Henlopen Conference Champion Matt Martin (152) lost a hotly contested bout with Vinny Thomas from Salesianum in the quarterfinals. Thomas jumped ahead late in the match, forcing Martin to frantically play catch- up. In the frenzy, Thomas "locked in" a controversial combination takedown/near fall to slip by Cape's ace, 12-8. Regrouping, Martin advanced in the consola- tion semifinals, where he butted heads in a conference rematch with Sussex Centrai's Kurt Wolfe. In this heartstopper, Martin rallied during the last moments of the regulation period to force the match into OT. This time, howev- er, the Viking senior was left holding the short end of the stick, yielding up an 8-6 decision. Mar- tin garnered sixth-place honors, but also during this final cam- paign he succeeded in tying the Cape High record for most single season wins - 32 - set by Viking graduate Eric Beaman in 1995. Martin's outstanding season con- eluded at 32-5. Vike's heavyweight Matt Gr.aviet also advanced into the winners bracket the second day for a showdown with St. Mark's defending state champion, John Testa. Testa pinned down a win over Graviet in this semifinal con- test. Salesianum's Joe D'Amico then nipped Graviet 2-1 in a tiebreaker during the consolations, but the Viking heavyweight re- bounded by decking Brian Wilkins of Seaford High to cap- ture fifth place. minute mark of the fourth quarter. It would be as close as Cape CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 - 81 97 O BRAND Twist 'n Mop Sure grip wringer keeps hands dry. Quick snap release allows quick refill and extra long handle eliminates bending and stooping. 1001239. i Wild BirdBeH Feed wild birds with the use of a feeder. Contains wide variety of seeds in mix. 1 lb. 81081. Angle Moon photo Alexia Waples looks for a shot in heavy traffic, effort shots while holding the Vikings to a single shot on many plays. "We just weren't getting the rebounds," said Smith. "It just seemed like Where the ball was, we weren't." Milford's third quar- ter surge, in which they held the Vikings to six points while scor- ing 14, ended with the Bucs up by seven at 41-34 at the end of the period. Oakes brought the Vikings to within three at 44-41 atthe five- .WOff would come as the Bucs avenged an earlier season loss to Cape in which the Vikings came from be- hind to win. Kemp sank four for four at the foul line and flicked a pass to a waiting Alison Sposato to put the game out of reach. Waples and Witherspoon each contributed 13 points in the Viking effort on Monday night, while Oakes had eleven. Kathy Darling, Sara McQuaid and Sposato each had 10 for Milford. "We thought we were ready for a conference championship, but I guess we weren't really mentally ready. It was a disappointment," said Smith, who has been a mem- ber of Cape's varsity since her freshman year. "It would have been great to have both the boys and the girls win the conference titles this year. But I'm happy for the guys. I'm glad they did it." Cape faces St. Mark's at Sussex Tech tonight (Friday) in the sec- ond round of the DSAAA tourna- ment. "We've talked about it. Saint Mark's will come out wanting to win on Friday We'll have to be ready for them," said Smith. 40 oz. Pine Sol Kills household germs and deodorizes while it cleans. 12682 Simple Green Biodegradable and non-toxic cleaner and degreaser. Includes trigger sprayer. 32 oz. 81227.