By TJ Millman
The Milford Bucs Wrestling Team lost their first regular season match against Caesar Rodney since 2013 this past week by a final of 57-16. CR came out swinging with four wins to start the night, two of which were pins, and the Riders kept control of the lead for the rest of the meet. Four Milford wrestlers won their respective matches: senior Khiry Hovington, sophomore Bevensky Augustine, sophomore Anthony Diaz, and senior Robbie Rosser.
Hovington started fast, taking his opponent to the mat in the opening seconds, and was able to pin CR’s Avon Jones in only one minute and nineteen seconds. Augustine threw his opponent around the mat, showcasing his superior strength, and won a 21-8 decision. Diaz and his opponent started slow, ending the first round at a 0-0 score, but it was Diaz who showed the will to win by outlasting CR’s Gavin Boyer in a tight 3-2 decision. Rosser controlled his opponent with ease, winning a 9-2 decision where the only two points came from Rosser allowing his opponent to stand back up.
CR is a Division I opponent, and not someone that Milford will have to worry about come tournament time, but for Head Coach Don Parsley every opponent matters. “We want to be the best team in the state of Delaware. Winning a Division II State Championship is an accomplishment and it’s always exciting, but when we see the state rankings come out and there are 5 Division I teams ahead of you…that’s not what we want. We want to win our championship, but we also want to beat the best teams in the state and earn that title for ourselves. It’s still early in the season, and this match tonight was not our best showing. We have some young guys and some guys still working on getting in peak shape. Ultimately it’s about finding our best lineup, and obviously tonight wasn’t my best lineup. We’re only going to get better as the year goes on and we start to fine tune things,” Parsley said.
Parsley also had nothing but respect to show for the visiting Riders.“We knew that Caesar Rodney was coming down here with a chip on their shoulders. We have won the last few times against them, and I knew that [CR Head Coach Dan] Rigby was going to have his team fired up and ready to go. He wanted to come down here and win, and his kids were better prepared. They did a great job today and at the end of the day, I need to do better. We need to work harder in practice so that we can be successful when the time comes to compete,” Parsley said.
The Bucs’ next match will be when they return from winter break against Southern Conference opponent Delmar. The teams will clash on Wednesday, January 3 in the Milford Central Academy Gym, and the start time is set for 6:30 PM.
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