Drummond Secures Henlopen Conference

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Caleb Primos

 The 2010-2011 wrestling season has been filled with ups and downs for the Milford High varsity team. Having had to battle injuries and an inability to fill roster spots all season long, the Bucs have overcome these obstacles, as a team and individually.

Most recently, sophomore Alvontae Drummond is one Buccaneer wrestler who overcame some adversity this season. Drummond scored an 8-4 win over Cape Henlopen’s Chris Young in the finals of the Henlopen Conference Championship on Feb. 19 to secure Milford’s lone individual conference title for the season.

Earlier in the year, Drummond had wrestled Young and lost to him 6-1. He said the rematch against Young at conferences was the hardest of the year, yet also one of the high points in his season.

“Conferences was the best moment of my season because I worked hard all year, and I think I deserved [the win],” said Drummond.

Drummond said he prepared for the conference tournament by setting goals and working hard to achieve them. Head coach Dan Rigby added another key reason for Drummond’s win.

“He is one of the hardest workers I have ever seen,” said Coach Rigby. “He listens well and soaks up everything like a sponge. He is truly a student of the sport and just gets better every day.”

This past summer, Drummond prepared for the scholastic wrestling season by competing on Team Delaware, which consists of all-star wrestlers from throughout the state.

Drummond placed fifth at the individual state tournament held Feb. 25-26 at St. Mark’s High School. He lost his first match, 3-2, in the semifinals to state runner-up Mark Ardecki of Caravel.

“In the state tourney, everyone is tough so you have to be on you’re A game every match,” said Coach Rigby on Friday before the state tournament.