By Kevin Eickman
In front of an estimated crowd of 2,000, Milford Middle School wrestling finished second place in the Henlopen Conference wrestling tournament. The tournament showing, is an indication of a program and a sport on the rise in Milford. The Buccaneers compiled an impressive 10-0 regular season record, coming on the heals of a 5-1 record the previous season.
With Milford hosting the tournament, it was a chance for the young wrestlers to perform in front a an enthusiastic crowd. With head Coach Jesse Parsley forced to leave town do to a personal matter, assistant Judd Mills led the young Bucs on this special occasion. “It’s wonderful for all the wrestlers, from all the middle schools to have an opportunity to compete in a tournament like this,” stated Mills. “This is a very exciting event for them, they have all earned the right to be here.”
In a tournament that featured an enormous amount of talented wrestlers,the Buccaneers where able to claim individual championships in three different weight classes. The first Buc to win a title was 8th grader Dominyc Hovington, who won at 170 pounds. In his first year of wrestling, Hovington compiled a regular season record of 6-2 and was surprised and happy with his performance. “It was great to do it here in Milford in front of my home crowd, it was great,” stated Hovington. “This was a very exciting experience, I was a little nervous throughout the whole thing.”
Middle School undefeated regular season wrestlers Left to Right Cameron Hayes, Jace Darling, Jaden McCove and Alex Creasey
Competing in the 88 pound weight class for Milford was 7th grader Cameron Hayes. In a thrilling championship match, Hayes found himself in overtime with the match all square at 0-0. Quickly in overtime, Hayes was able to get the take down that was needed to secure the victory. “It was an extremely difficult match, I knew it was going to be tough, so I just had to stay focused,” said Hayes.
The final champion for Milford was Alex Creasey at 94 pounds, another Milford wrestler who posted a perfect regular season. The victory for Creasey was satisfying and he was thrilled with his season as a whole. “It was a great year and this was a wonderful way for me to top it off,” Creasey said. Talking about the tournament as a whole, Creasey was happy for all his Buccaneers. “It was great, everyone on the team gave it their all today, I think we did super.” he added.
In addition to Hayes and Creasey, Milford also had two other undefeated wrestlers during the regular season. Jace Darling and Jaden McCove both finished the season with unblemished records.
A perfect 10-0 season and a 2nd place tournament finish is an indication of the growing popularity and success in and around the Milford wrestling program. Coach Mills believes that the credit for the programs success goes to a great many people. “We have so many people that are involved, we have help whenever we need it,” commented Mills.“If it is from parents, teachers, coaches or anyone else, there is always someone stepping up to lend a hand.”