It was the 26th annual edition of a nationally recognized wrestling showcase on the campus of the University of Delaware.
Locally, the Indian River wrestling contingent was one of 116 teams — covering 15 states — that descended upon the Bob Carpenter Center for two days of wrestling action featuring some national powerhouse programs, including Blair Academy, Bergen Catholic and Wyoming Seminary.
Blair Academy flexed its collective muscles again, capturing its 19th straight Beast team title with 365.5 collective points. Wyoming Seminary was second, with 238.5 points, while Bergen Catholic was third, with 162.
The Indians had no wrestlers finish in the top eight in any of the weight classes, and finished with 13 total team points.
The top Henlopen Conference entries were Smyrna at 36th (45 points), Sussex Tech at 48th (33) and Caesar Rodney at 49th (31).
The top three individual place wrestlers from the Henlopen Conference included Smyrna freshman Gabe Giampetro, who took seventh in the 106-pound class, while junior teammate J.T. Davis came away with an eighth-place finish at 182. CR junior Jackson Dean also picked up a seventh-place finish in the 138-pound division.
Blair Academy saw seven of its wrestlers take home individual championships.
The Indians were set this week to welcome 11 other teams to Indian River High School for the Battle at the Beach wrestling tournament, held Thursday through Friday, Dec. 27-28, (after Coastal Point press time). Results will be available on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages.
By Jason Feather