By TJ Millman
Wrestlers from more than 130 teams flocked to the Bob Carpenter Center this past weekend to participate in the 25th anniversary Beast of the East Wrestling Tournament. Beast of the East is one of, if not the biggest, wrestling tournaments on the East Coast, and features college coaches from all over the country coming to look at future prospects. This year, Milford State Champion Robbie Rosser was one of only two wrestlers from the state of Delaware who was able to place at the event. Rosser finished in 8th, the last podium spot, and proved that he has what it takes to wrestle with some of the best wrestlers in the country.
“It still feels really good to get eighth. It’s always been a goal of mine to place at Beast of the East, and it feels so good to get it in my last year. The best that I had managed to get before was twelfth, but it feels way better to get a spot at the podium,” Rosser said.
Rosser took 8th at 120 pounds, one weight class higher than where he won his state championship title the year before. The jump from 113 to 120 is one that Rosser is enjoying so far.
“Bumping up 7 pounds is nice because it’s an extra seven pounds of strength that you didn’t have before. Your weight should match your peak performance area, and wrestling at 120 has felt great so far. I went from 106 to 113 from sophomore to junior year, and it’s nice getting to wrestle new opponents each year,” Rosser said.
Rosser had a shot at the 7th place spot, but lost a tight 4-0 contest to Bethlehem Catholic’s Matt Lackman. Still, he fought for every second of the match after a long weekend of wrestling. Rosser won a last consolation bracket match to qualify for the 7th/8th place match, defeating Kaya Sement of Pope John XXIII by an 8-4 decision.
Rosser has already claimed two tournament titles this year, at the Milford Invitational and the Poly Tech Invitational, but this finish has been by far his biggest. Rosser is happy with where he is at so far, but he is nowhere near satisfied yet.
“The start of this year has been great, but ultimately the goal is to get another State Championship. Two Championship’s actually. One for the team, and then one as an individual. I’ve been a part of a State Championship team every year of my high school career, and I don’t plan on my last year being any different,” Rosser said.
Milford is 1-0 so far, after beating Seaford by a final tally of 71-6 this past Wednesday. The Blue Jays only win came from a Milford forfeit at 132 pounds. Milford’s next match is a big one, against a talented Caesar Rodney team. Milford won the match last year, 38-27, and this year’s match promises to be a good one as well. The two teams square off this Wednesday, December 20, at 6:30 PM. The match is at home.
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