By Kevin Eickman
While last season was not full of team success, there where certainly some individual accolades that the Bucs could take pride in. Chief among them was the State Championship, and all time wins record for the now graduated Alvontae Drummond. While an overall 3-7 record was not the goal for the Bucs, the groundwork laid last season should pay dividends this season.
In moving to the Henlopen South, Milford will be one of the larger schools in Division II, as opposed to being one of the smallest in Division I. This past weekend the Bucs participated in the preseason Polytech Invitational. In last years version, Milford finished in sixth place. This year the Bucs made an early statement as to just where their expectations lay. Milford managed a second place showing in the meet, with a very respectful five wrestlers reaching the finals. While no Buccaneer was able to claim a title, the fact that they performed so well bodes well for the season.
Talking with coach Dan Rigby, now in his fourth season, he is optimistic about this year’s squad. “I am very happy with where we are right now, the guys have been working tremendously hard,” stated Rigby. “This is probably the most excited I have been about this team since I have been here.” While the team is less experienced, Milford expects to have some younger guys come into their own this season. “We only have one State Tournament qualifier returning from last season, but I have no doubt in my mind these younger guys will step up to the challenge,” Rigby stated.
Milford will be adding some wrestlers who were at other schools last season, including senior Myron Price who transferred in from Laurel and sophomore Bart Dalious from Lake Forest. “These guys are very good wrestlers, and we expect them to contribute this year,” commented Rigby. Talking with Price about coming to Milford, he is happy to be here. “Working with coach Rigby has been great, I am really enjoying the atmosphere here,” he stated.
One wrestler that Rigby will be counting on is senior John Badger. Having wrestled all four years under coach Rigby, he is expected to provide leadership this season . “John is a fierce competitor, he is real dedicated to his craft.” Talking with Badger, he is looking forward to his final year under Rigby “Having worked for coach Rigby for four years has been great, he has really brought out the best in me,” Badger commented.
Milford will open their season on the road at Dover this Wednesday at 7 pm. They will follow that up by hosting the Milford Invitational this weekend. With 19 teams competing in the two day event, there promises to be quality wrestling both days.