Bucs Win State Final Rematch


By TJ Millman

Eleven months had passed since the Milford Bucs had beaten the Laurel Bulldogs in the State Finals, and the result was the same this past Wednesday when the Bulldogs came into town. Though the last match was close, with Milford winning 38-28, this time it was all Milford as the Bucs cruised to a 68-6 victory. The Bulldogs came into the match down a few wrestlers and ended up having to forfeit 4 of the 14 matches.

“I’m a little disappointed. I had hoped that Laurel would bring a few more bodies, but you know Christmas holidays are certainly tough. It doesn’t matter if you’re good, bad, or indifferent, it’s hard to get kids to practice. At the end of the day, if they aren’t prepared, then you can’t put them out there on the mat. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get a full house, but we went out there and did what we needed to do. My goal was for us to wrestle hard, and I think we did that tonight,” Milford Head Coach Don Parsley said.

Of the 10 wrestlers who were able to wrestle, Milford got wins from Corey Messick, Jack Thode, Trenton Grant, Tim O’Hara, Jordan Passwaters, Dalton Deevey, Rafael Mejia, and Bevensky Augustine. Winners by forfeit were Eric Bennett, Anthony Diaz, Jacob Bryant, and Gaij Copes.

“There were 10 bouts contested tonight, and their two studs got them wins. I thought that they were going to be competitive in some other weight classes, and they were. We just battled a little harder and a little stronger, and we got pins in those situations,” Parsley said.

So far, Milford has won their three conference matchups by scores of 75-0. 77-0, and now 68-6. While the Bucs have been rolling over the competition, Parsley is always looking for areas that his wrestlers can improve.

“There’s still a lot from the technical side that we need to work on. We hit a lot of near cradles today, and we probably could have finished them a little better. We’ll go back in the room and talk about the little things. We need to get our guys to echo our coaches as well when they’re fired up. Our guys love to cheer each other on, but as the wrestler you’re hearing 10 different pieces of advice from everyone on our side of the mat. The energy and excitement is great, we just need to get it all in line,” Parsley said.

Despite the team’s early success, Parsley is continuing to coach his team with the same approach that he always has.

“It doesn’t matter whether we’re 0-10 or 10-0…my approach is the same. We are going to work hard every day to be the best that we can be, and we are going to get the most out of the time that we have. I want to get 2 hours of work in 90 minutes every practice. I don’t want 90 minutes of work in 2 hours, because then we wasted 30 minutes. We do 2 hours of work in 90 minutes, and we still have 30 minutes left over for more work. All great programs have a philosophy and a structure that they stick to, and if they do that then the results really take care of themselves,” Parsley said.

Milford’s next match is against an undefeated Indian River team that beat the Bucs in the regular season last year. The match is at Indian River on Wednesday.

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