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Sports & Outdoors » RUNNING: Run with Santa 5K race full of Christmas spirit P98 Cape Gazette FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 93 cape Henlopen sports schedule Friday, Dec. 15 Freshmen boys’ basketball at Caesar Rodney, 3:30 p.m. JV boys’ basketball at Caesar Rodney, 5 p.m. JV girls’ basketball vs. Caesar Rodney, 5 p.m. Girls’ basketball vs. Caesar Rodney, 6:15 p.m. Boys’ basketball at Caesar Rodney, 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 Beast of the East wrestling tournament at Bob Carpen- ter Center, Newark Sunday, Dec. 17 Beast of the East wrestling tournament at Bob Carpen- ter Center, Newark Tuesday, Dec. 19 Swimming vs. Seaford, 3:30 p.m. Freshmen boys’ basketball vs. Milford, 3:30 p.m. JV girls’ basketball at Milford, 5 p.m. JV boys’ basketball vs. Mil- ford, 5 p.m. Girls’ basketball at Milford, 6:15 p.m. Boys’ basketball vs. Milford, 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 Indoor track at Worcester Country Rec Center, 2 p.m. Beacon vs. Mariner wrestling at Cape High, 4 p.m. Wrestling vs. Charter, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 JV girls’ basketball at Padua Academy, 6 p.m. Girls’ basketball at Padua Academy, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 Unified boys’ basketball vs. Appoquinimink, 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28 Wrestling at Battle at the Beach at Indian River High, 11 a.m. Boys’ basketball vs. Harvard- Westlake School (CA), 7 p.m. Schedule is subject to change. See the full schedule at www. capevikingssports.com. By Dave Frederick fredman@capegazette.com Sussex Central wrestling opened the dual meet season at home Dec. 13 versus Cape Henlopen under the direction of new head coach Shane Miller. It was the first match in two generations for the Golden Knights in which coaches Phil Shultie and Chip Illian weren’t at the helm, but the duo were very much in the house. The Golden Knights were back on the mat after winning last year’s dual meet state championship with an upset of Smyrna in the finals after a close victory over Cape in the semifinals. There was nothing close in the Wednesday night showdown, as Central dominated 51-15  on the strength of six pins and two technical falls. The match started at 285 pounds. Cape’s Jo- nah Robertson shot low on Tyler Karr but got caught and pinned 58 seconds into the match. The match rolled around to the light weights, where Central’s Cole Jester (106), Mason Ankrom (113) and Dany Ramirez (120) all recorded first period falls to put the Golden Knights up 24-0 in just over three minutes of mat time. “We’re aggressive,” coach Miller said. “We come out hard and we work everyday to get better.” Cape’s Anthony Caruso quickly dispatched Jevon Saffold at 126 with a pin in 24 seconds, but while Caruso was walking back to the center of the mat, Saffold came after him from behind and punched Caruso in the back of the head. The alleged provocation by Caruso and subsequent retaliation by Saffold was ignited by Caruso allegedly pushing Safford back into the mat after the fall. Golden Knights go ‘lights out,’ decking Cape 51-15 Shane Miller earns first win as Central head coach dave frederick photos Sussex Central’s Rashad Stratton lifts Finbar Rishko in the Golden Knights’ dominating win over Cape Dec. 13 in Georgetown. Cape’s Anthony Caruso pins Jevon Saffold in the 126-pound match. It was a punch after the match that got things heated. Continued on page 96 F ather and son - I spoke to Michael Wright when the junior was an eighth- grader at the Milford Middle School wrestling tournament on a Saturday morning three years ago  He was with his father Dan Wright. Mike’s grandfather Bill had passed that very morning under hospice care at the age of 78. I wrote “there was a hole in their hearts, but father and son decided to fly through it.” I coached Danny in track back in his Cape athletic days. Michael’s a great kid. The relationship be- tween father and son is so solid. Amidst the swirling emotions inside the Central gym Wednes- day night, Chip Illian came up to me to offer condolences on the recent loss of my son Tom. Inside the rivalry of sports, there has to be that crossover bonding, the laying down of track has got to mean the train keeps rolling. Joe Booth was at the match too. I remember writing a column on the pass- ing of his brother Al Booth 25 years ago at football practice as his son Bucky was on the team. There is a rise above it, faith that persists through sports, and the real warriors learn that life lesson and carry it through the tough times. The Punch - John Feinstein wrote a book about the 1977 NBA incident when Kermit Washington of the Lakers punched Rudy Tomjanavich squarely in the face, literally almost killing him. Lakers coach Jerry West resigned after the incident. I have always told ath- letes, “You are big and strong, so never throw a punch inside a game because if it’s a good one, it will destroy your life.” I am happy for everybody that the punch thrown by Central’s Jevon Saffold at the back of Anthony Caruso’s head wasn’t a good one – he was wearing his head gear – and as I told some Central people, “You know your kid, now it’s time you get to know the sophomore better.” Crossroads moments in the lives of young athletes ... good coaches make them count, often saving a kid from himself. I know coaches did it for me. Basketball coach John Clark called me Kid Galahad after I threw a punch at the head of a Lasalle High School player that thankfully mostly missed. (Kid Galahad was a 1962 musical about a fighter, starring Elvis Connections through sports transcend rivalries Dave Frederick » PEOPLE IN SPORTS dave frederick photo Michael Wright wrestles for his grandfather Bill, who died three years ago the day Mike won the Milford Middle School Tournament. Continued on page 98