By Kevin Eickman
With the month of January coming to a close, the Milford Buccaneers wrestling team is entering a key stretch in their season. As winter weather has taken its toll, Milford has several matches to make up as they aim for a repeat of their Henlopen South and DIAA Division II titles. This past week was to include three matches. The Dover match scheduled for Monday was postponed, forcing Milford to once again have to reschedule.
The other match scheduled for Monday against Laurel was held, but it was no contest as the Bulldogs fielded a squad of only four wrestlers. The result was an 82-0 final that was anything but productive. Prior to the match Milford was able to hold a practice in an effort to try and keep themselves sharp. “With wrestling being a winter sport, learning how to adapt your schedule to the weather is very important,” coach Rigby said. “While it isn’t easy you have to stay sharp, if you don’t you can pay a price down the road.”
Keeping their edge was a primary concern on Friday as Milford traveled to Division I Sussex Tech. Milford would win the match by a score of 39-26, the Bucs left some points on the mat. It is an area of concern for Milford and one that Rigby addressed with his team. “We just didn’t come to wrestle, we kept a lot of matches close that shouldn’t have been,” Rigby stated. “We didn’t hold the pedal to the metal and just looked poor on Friday.”
This Wednesday Milford will travel to Henlopen South rival Lake Forest. If the Buccaneers intend to win the South, a victory against Lake along with Delmar will do the trick. Lake Forest was a tournament qualifier last season, with Milford defeating them on their way to the State championship. Milford could have a tough time traveling to the hostile environment. “Any time you wrestle against your cross time rival it’s tough. The fact that Lake is such a good squad will make it that much more difficult for us,” commented Rigby. “We think we will be ready to wrestle, I know we are looking forward to it.”