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112 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002 Mattioni begins year No. 9 with a veteran Cape wrestling team By Dave Frederick Weigh-ins and weight classes have been established and wres- tle-offs completed as the Cape wrestling team gets ready to open the season this weekend at the tough Penn Manor Invitational in Millersville, Pa. Sixteen top flight teams will battle the cold and snow as all but 14 of the 224 grapplers will exit the tournament with at least one loss. Cape will return to host the Cape Invitational on Dec. 14, a competition head coach Chris Mattioni thinks his team has a chance of winning. "Our approach at practice is dif- ferent this season," Mattioni said. "We have senior leadership and experience and Will focus more on winning by pinning. We spend a lot of time in practice working from the top. "The younger kids have to learn to fight off their backs and take all matches to completion." Mattioni is assisted in his coaching effort by Dale Eckrote, who is back for his third season as varsity assistant along with volun- teers Matt Sprinkle, Jodi Britting- ham, Bryan May and Scott Kamerer. Mike Morris leads a group of 50 Lewes Middle School hopefuls, while Mike Dominquez coaches the Milton Middle School team. Milton will fill all the weight classes for the first time in a long time. "We have 26 kids for our two teams at the high school," Mat- tioni said. "The kids are working harder than I've ever seen them." Cape's starting lineup for this weekend's tournament is Josh Weldon at 103, Matt Reuther at 112, Bryant Bundick at 119, Travis Dorman at 125, Jake Tartal at 130, Kyle Hopkins at 135, Bri- an Riggin at 140, Ray Tartal at 145, Bobby Hopkins at 152, Kyle Travis at 160, Chad Travis at 171, Ryan Martin at 189, Andy Bradley at 215 and Jerry CallaWayat 275. Other varsity guys who will be seen in the starting lineup are Nick Albanese at 125, Kyle King at 140, Pat Kuhn at 189 and Jason DiBattista at 275. Cape begins the regular dual meet season on Dec. 18 hosting Sussex Tech. "That will be a good early test," Mattioni said. The Ravens are coached by Scott Layfield and Kurt Schneck. Caesar Rodney is the team to beat this season, Mattioni said. "Central lost four conference champs and will have to reload. Smyrna, Laural and Indian River will all field solid teams. "It will take a great and focused effort to put together a winning season because of the strength of the schedule." In ,ook phOtN Above, Cape head wrestling coach Chris Mattioni watches team members practice their moves as he takes a veteran squad into his ninth season at the helm. Below, Pat Kulm, left, practices his takedown move on teammate Bobby Hopkins. Hoop team Continued from page 109 does best is pass the ball," Haz- zard said. "The other guys love playing with him." Matt "Macky" Jones has moved over to shooting guard position and is a real threat from three- point land. Scott Shockley will start at small forward and can also hit the outside jumper. The power forward position is currently held by Stephen Shockley, a physical football guy who can also stick the jump shot. All the starters are juniors. "Everybody on this team has to be ready to play," Hazzard said. "We will use our bench and play fast and loose. The kids have al- ready shown the character to just go out and play hard." Cape faces a rough road right out of the gate with games at Dover and Caesar Rodney before coming home to face Sussex Cen- tral and then travel to Sussex Tech. "We will battle those people and see where we stand," Hazzard said. "You can't teach experi- ence. You have to learn and grow up on the job." Hazzard has stuck to his old school philosophy to bring former players back to the coaching staff. Darren Davis is the varsity assis- tant. Lamont Hazzard will coach the junior varsity team, while Thur- mon White is the freshman coach. Terry Hazzard and Bobby Leggins are volunteer assistants. Varsity players include Matt Jones, Eric Vamos, Kevin Brit- tingham, Ray Jackson,Reggie Hazzard, Cj. Cannon, Jordan Thomas, Josh Duffield, Deandre Scott, Derek Savage, Stephen Shockley, Scott Shockley and Jeff Peet. Junior varsity players include Brandon Leggins, Brandon Barnes, Matt Gurley, Jamarr Tabron, Scan Tappan, A.J. Ben- son, Steve Fabian, Mark Hazzard, Kevin Young, Jermaine Lambert, Bernard Miller and Andrew Wind- sor. The freshman team opens the season Dec. 10 hosting Caesar Rodney. First.year head basketball coach Troy Hazzard goes over some finer points with his time as he prepares them for the season opener against Dover Dec. 6.