Wednesday was a big day for Milford as a victory against Indian River would give them a 5-0 divisional record and the tie breaker advantage in the Henlopen South. Going up against an Indian River squad who also entered the game undefeated in the South, the match lived up to expectations. Much like what happened on Friday, Milford started at 106 pounds, won at 113 and then chased their opponents for the rest of the night. In the match of the night, Milford senior Gavin Garcia lost a 9-8 decision at 138 pounds.
Following the loss at 138 however, Milford began to right the ship. Buccaneer junior Oscar Rosario 145 and senior Alex Creasey 152 recorded back to back pins as Milford began to make their move. While Milford senior Khiry Hovington dropped a 3-2 decision at 160 pounds, Milford continued to close the gap.
With three matches remaining there was little margin for error as the Buccaneers needed to win all three of them, and gain some bonus points in the process. Milford sophomore Eric Bennett took a 9-5 decision at 195. Dominyc Hovington followed with a major decision at 220, setting the table for the meet to be decided at 285 pounds.
Luckily for Milford, senior Bryan Wynes was waiting in the wings. Wynes got the pin by fall at the 1:35 mark to give Milford the 37-33 come from behind victory. The win also goes a long way in helping Milford to position themselves for the number one seed in the upcoming State dual meet.
“Getting the win on Wednesday was very important for us because it gives us a track to the top seed,” Coach Parsley stated. “We still need to take care of business the rest of the year, but if we gain that top seed it is huge. It means that the other teams are going to have to battle each other to get to us.”
With the State tournament just two weeks away, Parsley believe his team is close to where they need to be. “We are getting better every day and that’s the name of the game, our goal is to be firing on all cylinders when we get to the tournament.” Parsley stated.
This week Milford will travel to Lake on Wednesday, before hosting Dover on Friday. Both matches are set for 6:30.
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