By Kevin Eickman
This past weekend, some of the most accomplished wrestlers in Delaware descended on Milford for the Milford Invitational Tournament. With the Buccaneers getting ready to attempt to win their fourth consecutive Division II Championship, it was a good opportunity to see how Milford is shaping up for the upcoming year. While the wrestling year may be young, the results have to be looked at as positive from the Milford standpoint. Milford managed to garner three individual titles as well as finishing in second place in the team competition
“I was happy with how we did this weekend,” coach Don Parsley stated. “It’s very early in the season, but the guys really came out ready to compete and that is always a good sign.”
Milford earned their first title Saturday night as junior Robbie Rosser won at 113 pounds by decision. The win would be the second in two weeks as Rosser also won at 113 in the Polytech Invitational the previous week. It also was a success of the same title Rosser had won last year.
“It is always great to win in front of the home fans, it is always exciting,” Rosser said. “Obviously when you have a tournament at home you want to win. To win it two years in a row is very special.”
Checking in with the 182 pound title was freshman Bevensky Augestin, who also wrestled for the Buccaneers as an eighth grader. The win for Augestin also comes on the heals of a Polytech Invitational win and bodes well for him. “It was a lot of fun to win hear at home, I really had a good time,” Augusin stated.
The final title for the Bucs came at 285 pounds, courtesy of senior Bryan Wynes. It was the first Milford Invitational title for Wynes, who has continued his steady growth as a Buccaneer .“I was feeling really good tonight and was real happy to win it here in front of the home fans,” commented Wynes. “Being in front of the home crowd really gets me fired up, it’s a lot of fun.”
Milford also had runners up in three other weight classes as seniors Gavin Garcia (132), Alex Creasey (145) and Dominyc Huntington (220) each recorded runner up finishes. “When you have six guys qualify for the finals, that’s really nice to see. Obviously we would have liked to have had a few more wins, but it’s still a real good showing,” stated Parsley.
With their pre-season tournaments now behind them, Milford will now turn their focus to the regular season which opens up this week as Milford will host Woodbridge in the Henlopen South opener this Wednesday. While Milford lost quite a few wrestlers to graduation last year, they are still a deep squad with championship aspirations. While they may have high hopes, Parsley knows that it is going to take a lot of work for them to get where they need to be.
“Slow and steady wins the race, it’s about getting better each week during the season so you are where you need to be at the end of the season,” Parsley stated.
Milford is expecting their seniors to lead the way. Chief among them will be Rosser, who has already proved valuable to Parsley. “I have been down a coach to start the year and Robbie has been huge in helping to get things done,” said Parsley. “Guys like Garcia, Hovington and Creasey are great to have as well, they demonstrate leadership every day.”
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