By Kevin Eickman
We all have hopes and dreams, we all have goals in our lives that we would like to achieve. For the most part we keep them to ourselves, or maybe share them with a loved one. Milford wrestler Alvontae Drummond had a goal this season and he didn’t care who knew it. Talking with Drummond before the season, there was only one ending that would be acceptable for the Buccaneer senior. Drummond was direct and to the point. “I expect to win the State Championship at 138 pounds,” stated Drummond earlier this year. “Anything short of that and I will consider this year a failure.”
Talking with Coach Dan Rigby during the course of this past season, it was clear that he expected a championship for Drummond as well. “The only one that can stop Alvontae is himself and he simply won’t allow that happen.”
Drummond who began the season injured, had to work his way back into shape. As the season progressed it was becoming obvious that he was getting stronger, working his way into top form to achieve the goal of a State Title. Last week at the Henlopen Championships held at Milford, Drummond was an easy winner, nobody could touch him. With the Henlopen Title secure, there was just one more hill to climb, the State Championship.
With the DIAA individual finals held at Cape Henlopen High School, Drummond would be competing close to home with the support of local fans. Drummond wasted little time demonstrating that he was up to the task. On Friday evening Drummond won with two pins, Lacey Evans of Delcastle was his first victim, succumbing by pin at 1:58. Next up was Thomas Ottlowski of Saint Mark’s, once again Drummond made quick work of his opponent, winning by fall in 2:23.
Saturday morning saw Drummond face his toughest challenge of the tournament, in a close match with Frank Sipala of Delaware Military Academy. Drummond was able to win with the semi-final match courtesy of a 12-8 decision, setting up the trip for the finals that he had been working for all season long. In winning the semi-final match, Drummond had also set the career mark for victories by a Milford wrestler. Surpassing the number of 126 held by current assistant coach Nate Flemming. Sitting at 127 victories, Drummond had one match left in his high school career.
In the final, Drummond would face second seeded David Summerfield of Caravel Academy. It was the match that he had pointed to all season, this is where all the hours of hard work and sacrifice would pay off. While the match was close in the beginning, Drummond was wearing Summerfield down. Second by second, minute by minute, Drummond was beginning to establish dominance against his highly regarded opponent. Slowly and methodically, Drummond began to demonstrate just how good a wrestler he was. Then as the clock reached 0:00 it was all over, Drummond had recorded a 9-1 Major decision, and claimed the State title he had sought.
With the final victory of his high school career, Drummond had also achieved victory 128 of his career. The number tied that of coach Rigby, and was a fitting accomplishment for the Buccaneer. Talking with Rigby after the match, his pride in Drummond was obvious. “This is a great reward for a great individual,” stated Coach Rigby. “Alvontae has done nothing but put in the work that he needed to, this is the reward for his efforts.”
Drummond was thrilled with his accomplishment and was soaking in the moment as he talked with reporters. “This is everything I hoped it would be, it’s overwhelming, I’m very proud of this accomplishment,” commented Alvontae. Drummond will be looking to continue his wrestling career in college as is currently looking at McDaniel College in Maryland.