By Kevin Eickman
Early season wrestling tournaments are a great way to judge what wrestlers are capable of and if the Milford Invitational is any indication, there could be big things on the horizon for senior Alvontae Drummond. In a dominating performance, Drummond not only emerged victorious and unchallenged in the 138 pound weight class, he emerged with the “Outstanding Wrestler” award for the entire tournament.
Talking with Drummond after his championship match, it was easy to see that he was pleased with his performance “It’s great to win at home, there is nothing like it,” he said. The fact that Drummond won the tournament is important but what is even more impressive is that Drummond turned in such a solid performance while still not completely back from injury.
“I’m still not all the way back, I’m doing better but I need to get my conditioning up to where it needs to be before I am all the way back,” he said. Milford Coach Dan Rigby was very happy for Drummond “Alvontae has worked very hard to get ready for the season,” commented Coach Rigby. “It’s a big victory for him and hopefully a first step in what could be a very big year for him.”
Milford as a team, turned in a quality showing for what can be easily described as an inexperienced group of wrestlers. With a solid sixth place finish there is reason for optimism. “We had some very good successes Friday night,” said Rigby, adding “This was a learning experience for the team and we will get better for it.”
Rigby was optimistic about the performance of some of the other wrestlers, in particular Carlos Nino, Justin Johnson and Jarek Lugo, all of whom performed well in the tournament “Those guys showed up to wrestle and they did well,” he commented. “It’s a good place to start the season.”
The two day Milford Invitational Tournament that was conducted this past Friday and Saturday was yet another opportunity for Milford to host a quality athletic competition. With fifteen teams from all three counties in Delaware, the presence of Smyrna, Caesar Rodney and William Penn was a special treat for wrestling fans. Coach Rigby says he hopes that the tournament continues to grow in its popularity. “We continue to get more quality teams here each year, it’s wonderful to see,” he commented. “The fact that teams want to come here is a credit to the tournament and the school.”