By TJ Millman
At the end of any career, the goal is to be able to look back and know that you made a difference. For Milford senior Robbie Rosser, the legacy is almost superhuman. The shadow of his 120 pound frame reaches far and wide, and for a kid who grew up spending every weekend in a gym wrestling, the results were inevitable.
“As a kid, you look at everything that the top guys in the state have accomplished over their high school careers and think, “Wow that’s a tough task…how is that even possible?” Well, with hard work, anything really is possible. It’s not about being the strongest or the fastest. The one that works the hardest and puts in the time always perseveres,” Rosser said.
Rosser cruised his way to his second consecutive individual state title, and hasn’t lost a match to a Delaware opponent since the championship match of his sophomore year. His record of 45-4 this year set a school record for single season wins, and he also set the all-time school wins record with 155.
“It’s awesome knowing i set some records, but i hope it motivates some of those younger guys to get their name on that list. I look at those guys like Corey (Messick), Trent (Grant), Gaij (Copes), and (Anthony) Diaz as little brothers. I want them to grind it out over the next couple years and be up there with me,” Rosser said.
Looking back at his time at Milford, Rosser counts his entire senior season as his favorite moment.
“My senior season all together has been very memorable. Winning in the conference finals at my home school to break the career wins record…Winning in the individual state finals to break the single season wins record…Avenging two season losses as a team to win the 5th consecutive dual meet state championship. It has been a good season. That, and just being here at Milford actually. Getting to work with Coach Parsley has been an honor, and he has really shaped me into the wrestler i am. The support from the Milford community is the best out there. Someone is always looking out for you,” Rosser said.
Robbie won his state final match by a major decision over St. George’s Sebastian Sye and earned his sixth state title in just four years. He has 4 team championships to join his 2 individual championships and is going to have to start sizing his thumbs for rings.
Milford junior Eric Bennett also made his presence felt at the state tournament by making it all the way to the finals at 195 pounds. He lost the championship match to Smyrna’s Tony Wuest and brought home a second place finish for himself. Milford senior Khiry Hovington took 5th place at 152 pounds. Sophomore Anthony Diaz finished 6th in the state at the 220 pound division.
Bennett and Diaz return next year with a group of young Bucs looking to take Milford to a 6th consecutive State Title.
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