By TJ Millman
After a whirlwind week of wrestling, the Milford Bucs managed to pull through with a 6-2 week, improving their season record to 8-5. Milford picked up a shutout win against cross-town rival Lake Forest and 5 additional wins with their championship performance at the Hodgson Vo-Tech Legacy Duals. Their two losses came by 1 and 7 points, against Laurel and Dover respectively.
The Laurel loss is a heavy one, making for Milford’s second Southern Conference loss this season, but Milford Captain Robbie Rosser is not letting the loss keep him down.
“No matter what, this is going to come down to Milford, IR, and Laurel. A loss now is a lot better than a loss in the tournament, when it really matters. This is going to give us something to prove next time, and it can be a positive if we use this in the right way. It would be a big mistake to count us out just yet,” Rosser said.
Milford has lost both Southern Conference matches by only a combined 4 points, less than one pin, and the state tournament is shaping up to be one of the closest ones in recent memory.
The Dover match was Milford’s third of five matches against Division 1 opponents, and for Head Coach Don Parsley, it’s all a part of the plan.
“When we go into the season, our mission is to set ourselves up to be successful at the end in the individual championships. Certainly we focus on the team aspect too, but wrestling these tough teams helps our guys to do well at the conference championships, and from there to qualify for the state tournament. If we’re all at our best individually, then we will also be at our best as a team. It all has a purpose, even if they don’t always understand it, and in the end it’s gonna pay off for us,” Parsley said.
Milford and Dover swapped wins all night, and it ultimately came down to the final match, where Dover emerged victorious, but it was actually the 220 pound match before that was the most exciting match of the night. After falling behind early in the first round, sophomore Anthony Diaz began to push the tempo and wore his opponent out. Diaz ended up winning the match when his opponent was disqualified for stalling the match. After three stall warnings the match is forfeit, and Diaz managed to draw the DQ by constantly pushing forward for all three rounds.
“Anthony just never quits. I 100% agree with the call. I would be upset if one of my guys lost that way, but it was the right call. After the first 30 seconds, Diaz controlled the entire match and drove him around the mat. Anthony is just one of those guys who never stops fighting,” Parsley said.
Moving forward, Milford’s next match is Wednesday, January 31 against Cape Henlopen. The match is at home and is set to start at 6:30 PM.
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