Buccaneer Wrestlers Say Goodbye In Style

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By Kevin Eickman

It doesn’t sound like it will end but make no mistake about it, it will. Four years can seemingly go by in the blink of an eye as students enter high school as children and depart as young adults. This past Friday night, Milford High School wrestling completed their 2013 home regular season.

Facing a Seaford team that entered the match with a 1-8 record, the Buccaneers (3-5) wasted little time in taking control of the event. Milford was dominating on the way to a 52-23 victory over the visiting Blue Jays.

Wrestling his final match at home, 285 pound Jeff Delva faced well regarded Darren Durrel in a match that proved to be quite a challenge. After getting taken down early in the match by his opponent, Delva knew he was in for a challenge. “ I knew Durrell was good but I was a little surprised with how quickly he got me down,” commented Delva. “When something like that happens you just have to dig a little deeper and try a little harder.” That’s exactly what Delva did, pinning Durrell for what was his final regular season home match. “It was great to be able to win my last home match, it was a great way for me to finish up.”

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Delva has been a two year wrestler for Milford, who has recorded a third place finish in the Henlopen Conference tournament, second place at the Polytech and Delcastle invitationals, forth place at “Battle of the Beach”, first place at the Mount pleasant invitational, as well as a State tournament qualifier.

Delva was just one of five seniors honored by the Buccaneers Friday night. The wrestlers acknowledged by the home crowd also included Antonio West Jr., Alvonte Drummond, Pat Galloway and Pablo Nieto.

Antonio West Jr. is a two year wrestler who finished fifth at the Delcastle invitational as well as third at the Mount pleasant invitational. After high school, Antonio plans on enlisting in the United States Marine Corps.

Alvonte Drummond is a four year varsity letter winner for Milford. A Henlopen Conference Champion and a two time State tournament semi-finalist. Drummond who has posted a career record of 118-23, plans to continue wrestling while in college.

Pat Galloway has stayed committed to Milford wrestling, despite suffering numerous injuries during his career. Galloway will be attending the University of Delaware in the fall, with the goal of one day becoming a State Trooper.

Pablo Nieto has been a two year wrestler for the Bucs. Nieto’s highlights include a fifth place finish at the Milford invitational and a second place spot at the Delcastle invitational. Pablo plans on attending college after graduating from Milford.

Talking with coach Dan Rigby about his seniors, he easily conveyed a sense of pride and gratitude for all the work they had put in. “These guys gave it there all, each and every day, I’m very proud of them,” commented Rigby. “It hasn’t always been easy being the smallest team in Division I but these guys never flinched, they always answered the bell.”

While this was the last home regular season match for the seniors, it won’t be there last chance to emerge victorious on home turf. Milford will be hosting the Henlopen Conference Championship on February 15 and 16. Coach Rigby is really looking forward to the event being hosted at the Central Academy gym.