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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 3 - July 9, 1998 - 107 Delaware matmen take early fireworks to Grand Nationals in Orlando, Florida By John McDonald Seven stalwart grapplers from Delaware flew to Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, June 24, to compete in the grand finale of the wrestling season, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Grand Nationals 1998. Competing in a series of events beginning March 28, the winnow- ing process was complete and the top 24 wrestlers in the nation in each division converged at Wide World of Sports in Disneyworld to vie for the medals designating the nation's champion wrestlers in both Greco-Roman and freestyle. The boys won five gold medals, and a fourth-, two fifths- and one sixth-place medals. When one considers the process started in March, with 21,000 competitors from all over the United States, in- cluding Fuerto Rico and Panama, this is truly a remarkable accom- plishment. There were so many great and small events leading up to the winners' platform it would take the entire sports page to include them all. So in fairness to you readers, I'll be brief. Central Florida was engulfed in smoke from a series of fires that have been raging throughout the area for several weeks. The air in the stadium was smoke-filled and reminiscent of an old boxing movie. Our youngest, 8-year-old Dan ' McDonald, strode to the podium to receive a fourth place for freestyle. This was Dan's first time to the big show but he will be back. Next came Connor McDonald to receive two golds: one for Gre- co-Roman and one for freestyle. Connor, who is Dan's older broth- er, already had a gold and silver from 1996 to his credit and won Out- standing Midget Wrestler hon- ors from our 17-state re- MCDONALD gion this year. Joe Ferraro from Delaware First State Wrestling Club was next up winning the gold in the schoolboy 119-pound division. Joe was a first-time place winner at the na- tional level. Unfortunately, two of our boys were competing in the same class - Elite 132 pounds - and they drew each other in the second round. Coming away with the gold was Bruce Kelly. Bruce is a four-time Delaware state champion in scholastic wrestling. He was a senior this year at St. Mark's and has won a full ride to Lehigh University, starting in September. After losing to Kelly, Will Car- roll from Ocean View went on to capture a fifth in freestyle and a sixth in Greco-Roman. Carroll will enter his junior year at Indian River High School under the tute- lage of Kurt Howell, former unde- feated Delaware high school champion and NCAA All-Ameri- can. I look for Carroll to continue his winning ways and to be a major factor in Delaware wrestling and at the national level. His other loss in freestyle was to senior Tony Rico of Miami, another four-time state champion. Three of Carroll's six losses were over- time decisions and all were to graduating seniors. Wayne Wells of Middletown won a fifth in freestyle. Wayne is an up-and-coming wrestler. This year he placed third in junior olympics and first in the state scholastic tournament held March 15 in Newark. Last, but far from least, was James Frommel from New Castle. James is a student at William Penn and started for his high school team this year as a fresh- man. Sadly, in today's society, if you don't win the gold you're a loser. James showed his mettle, howev- er, by winning two and losing three but battling like a badger throughout. He is a competitor and while winning seems the only thing, competing is the real deal. All of these boys and young men are true competitors and real champions. Indy drivers to sign autographs at Rudder Dover Downs will host an auto- graph session from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 16, at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach. Pep Boys Indy Racing League (IRL) drivers Buzz Calkins and Davey Hamilton will sign autographs and answer questions from fans. Calkins made history in the 1996 Indy 200 at Walt Disney World by winning the Indy Racing League's inaugural event. He went on to win the 1996 IRL co- championship. Hamilton was the runner-up for the 1997 IRL championship, which he lost by only six points. Last year, Hamilton had six top l0 finishes, including three third- place runs. The Pep Boys 400K will take place at Dover Downs Internation- al Speedway at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 19. Bodine to compete in July 18 NASCAR race Todd Bodine, the leading Busch Grand national race winner in Dover Downs International Speedway history, and current dri- ver of the Tabasco Pontiac on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, has signed to compete in the Delaware 200 NASCAR Busch North Series event at the Monster Mile on Saturday, July 18. Bodine is the second Winston Cup star to make a commitment to the Delaware 200, joining Jimmy Spencer in the field for the longest and richest event in the 12-year. history of the Busch North Series. The Delaware 200 is set for 2 p.m., July 18, immediately fol- lowing qualifications for Sun- day's Pep Boys 400K, which marks the debut of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League in the Mid- Atlantic region and the return of Indy-style racing to Dover. All seating for the Delaware 200 is general admission in the outdoor grandstands. Adult tickets are $20 if ordered by July 2; $25 if ordered after July 2 or at the gate. Tickets for children under 12 are ,$5 regardless of time of purchase. 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