By Kevin Eickman
Milford found themselves at home for the first time of the season, as they hosted the Delmar Wildcats in a Henlopen South match up this past Wednesday. While Milford entered the match with a 3-0 (2-0) record, it was the first chance for the Milford faithful to get a glimpse of just how dominant their team can be this season.
The match started off well for the Buccaneers, with junior Jeremiah Bonville and sophomore Kenny VanVorst pinning their opponents. From there the Bucs never looked back as they went on to dominate Delmar, recording a 59-21 victory.
Talking with coach Dan Rigby after the match, he was pleased with how his team performed in the match but believes his young team may have left a few points on the floor. “Overall we did well, our guys for the most part are starting to hit their stride,” Rigby commented. “There were a few matches I think we could have won but did not. It is something we will need to work on.”
With a 72-9 road victory on Friday night at Laurel, Milford improved their record to 5-0 (4-0). The victory has set up the Bucs for their most crucial stretch of the season.
While the road behind them has been relatively smooth, the road ahead promises to test the Bucs. Beginning with this Wednesdays home match against Indian River, Milford will face three consecutive tough Henlopen South opponents that will determine who the South Champion will be. Rigby knows that the 7 pm start against Indian River is the start of a big stretch.
“We have a very tough road ahead and the guys are going to have to work hard if they want to become champions,” stated Rigby. “Starting against IR we will have our work cut out for us.”
Following Indian River, the Bucs will host Lake Forest 4-1 (3-0). The Spartans have been a constantly improving bunch and promise to give Milford all they can handle. “Lake is a team on the rise, the fact that they were able to go down to IR and beat them handily says a lot about them,” Rigby said. “They are a team that will give us all we can handle.”
Entering the home stretch of a season can be a tough task for a young team, but Rigby believes that this year’s squad is focused on their mission. “The guys have been putting in a ton of work, and there is no doubt they will continue to give it their all,” stated Rigby. “Our guys are focused on the teams goals and need to continue to remain focused.”
While senior John Badger has been a steady influence this year, with such a young squad it has taken some younger wrestlers stepping up that has made a difference. When asked specifically about freshman Alex Creasey, coach Rigby believes that he has a solid start to his Milford career. “He has started 19-1 and has been getting better with each match,” said Rigby. “If he continues to work as hard as he has, he can be something very special.”