Bucs Fall to D-I Champs Smyrna

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By Kevin Eickman

Smyrna at Milford

On paper it looked as if this past Friday’s meet between last year’s Division I and Division II dual meet champions might be something special. Last season, Milford headed up to Smyrna and almost pulled of the upset in a 32-30 loss. The Buccaneers entered the meet sporting a 7-0 record, hoping to improve off of last year’s near upset.

What actually transpired however, was a stunning 57-17 defeat at the hands of the visiting Eagles. After dropping the opening match at 106 pounds, Milford took their only lead of the night as junior Robby Rosser won at 113 by technical fall to give the Buccaneers a 5-3 advantage.

From there everything went south for Milford, with the Buccaneers practically helpless to do anything about it. With each passing match, it became painfully clear that this was not going to be the Buccaneers’ night. The Eagles put on a clinic that Milford was simply unable to respond to.

As the advantage kept on growing for Smyrna, there was little Milford could do to stem the tide. As a result, Milford did not win a match, until they finally were able to break back into the win column as freshman Anthony Diaz lit up the gym with a pin at 220. It would be followed by another Milford win, courtesy of a pin from senior Bryan Wynes at 285.

“That is a real good team over there and we knew that we were going to have our hands full with them,” coach Don Parsley stated. “We were down a few people tonight as well, so that didn’t help matters either.”

While the loss was tough to take, Parsley also knows that the Smyrna meet is something that they can build off of. “When you are up against the top team in the State, you have to battle. Even though we lost, we had guys out there battling,” Parsley commented. “If we fight to the bitter end like we did tonight, that is something we need to have going forward.”

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