Smyrna pins down wrestling win against depleted Milford

MILFORD — Prior to wrestling in its first home dual meet of the season, Smyrna High’s wrestling team watched the unfurling of its Division I championship banner from a season ago.

Then the Eagles went out and showed why they are the heavy favorite to repeat as team champions, as they rolled to a dominant 58-12 victory over defending Division II dual meet champion Milford on Monday night.

After falling behind 6-0 when Buccaneers junior Bart Dalious earned a 2:21 pin in the meet’s first match at 138, Smyrna rattled off 11 consecutive wins en route to its team victory.
MILFORD at SMYRNA wrestling
“It’s nice wrestling your first home dual meet in front of a good crowd against the returning Division II champions and to have a solid performance like that,” said Smyrna coach Kirk Howell, whose team rebounded from Saturday’s loss to national powerhouse Blair Academy. “They (Milford) had a few guys out, and I wish we could have seen them, but we got some nice matchups.”

Perhaps the biggest win of the night came near the meet’s conclusion when Smyrna sophomore Chase Archangelo bumped up to 120 and was able to ride out the third period against Milford senior and defending state runner-up Jarek Lugo for a 2-0 decision.

“I hadn’t wrestled him before, but I hoped to wrestle him one day and I got to tonight,” said Archangelo, who took a 1-0 lead into the third period and was awarded another point near the end of the match when Lugo was hit for stalling. “I knew that I had to grind it out, dig deep and think about all the training I did. It paid off in that two minutes. He’s a very good wrestler and it’s just going to get me better wrestling in my own weight class (113).”
During the 11-win streak, Smyrna picked up pins from freshman Larsen Wilson (145), sophomore Eli Hutchinson (160) and senior Ronnie Wuest (170). Milford was also forced to forfeit three matches due to its wrestlers fighting illnesses.

Bucs sophomore Alex Creasey (126) finally stopped the Eagles’ run with a 2:36 pin but Smyrna freshman Dakota Kerr (132) answered with a win by fall in night’s final match.

“It’s definitely exciting to win the first home match and it sets the expectations for the season,” Wuest said. “It shows what we are capable of.”

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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