In its last match, the Smyrna High wrestling team lost a heartbreaker in the final individual bout.
On Friday, the Eagles got to be on the other end of an impressive comeback.
Heavyweight Chijioke Eule’s decision in the final match capped a 21-point run that gave Smyrna a big 36-35 victory over Milford in a Henlopen North wrestling showdown on Friday night.
The Eagles (2-1 North, 2-1 overall), who fell to Cape Henlopen by two on Wednesday, reeled off three straight pins — from Shaun Atkinson (182 pounds), Tyler Downward (195) and Kael Howell (220) — before Eule capped off the comeback with a 9-2 decision.
Technically, Smyrna won because the Buccaneers had an unsportsmanlike point deducted earlier in the match. But, even it had ended in a tie, the Eagles would have won the match on criteria.
Smyrna also got pins from Gabe Giampietro (120) and Qwantez Watkins (126).
Milford (3-1 North, 4-2 overall) picked up pins from Emily Thode (106), Jack Thode (132), Ryan Mejia (152) and Averi Copes (160) as it built a 35-15 advantage with four matches remaining. After tallying the match’s first 12 points, the Bucs never trailed until after the last bout.
Woodbridge 65, Dover 18: The Blue Raiders collected six pins in winning their dual-meet season opener.
Patrick Luberisse (120), Cooper Andrews (132), Xavier Dunaway (138), Jaisac Gonzalez (145), Nickolas Akers (160) and Quincy Risper (170) all won by fall for Woodbridge.
Jamar Harris (285) had a pin for the Senators.
Indian River 61, Early College 44: The Indians led by only five at halftime before out-scoring the Hornets, 31-19, in the second half.
Brendon Bradford, who hit five three-pointers, finished with 25 points while Laron Horsey scored 17.
Khalil Kemp led Early College with 19 points while Daveon Wisher added 11.
Laurel 66, Lake Forest 55, OT: The Bulldogs out-scored the Spartans, 16-5, in overtime to post the Henlopen South win on Tuesday night.
Javier White tallied 28 points for Laurel with Nifere Griffin adding 17.
Jackson Starkey (13), Darius Miller (12) and Jalen Morris (10) led Lake Forest. Miller and Starkey combined for seven of the Spartans’ nine three-pointers.
Red Lion Christian 60, First State Military 21: Red Lion led only 13-10 after the first quarter before pulling away from the Bulldogs in a Diamond State Conference contest,
WOMEN, Delaware 73, Hofstra 38: The Blue Hens out-scored the Pride, 44-15, in the second half to break open a CAA contest they led by only six at halftime.
Delaware, which was up 29-23 at intermission, led by as many as 36 points in the second half.
Tara Cousins (17 points), Jasmine Dickey (13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists) and Tyi Skinner (12 points) all scored in double figures for the Hens (2-0 CAA, 8-4 overall), who have won 13 straight over the Pride.