By TJ Millman
When you’ve been on top as long as the Milford Bucs have been for wrestling, every team is going to bring their best against you. The Bucs started their season with 6 straight wins, including one over last year’s Division I Champ in CR, but the winning streak came to and end this past Friday night against Sussex Central.
The Bucs lost 37-30, and then turned around the next day to pick up 4 wins and a first place finish at the Legacy Duals at Hodgson Vo-Tech, ending the week with a 10-1 record on the year. Even though the Bucs are a Division II team, Milford Head Coach Don Parsley likes to work in as many Division I opponents as he can into the schedule.
“What you saw tonight against Central is the difference between Division I and Division II teams. The CR match was like this, and our next few matches against Cape (Henlopen) and Dover will be the same. The schools are bigger, the kids are stronger, and I expect matches like this. Certainly I was hoping to finish on top, but it shows us that we still have work to do. It also shows us that we’re pretty talented. It’s kind of a mixed blessing. Our kids fought hard, showed desire, and hats off to Sussex Central for their effort tonight,” Parsley said.
While Milford certainly hopes to pick up their sixth straight Division II title, matches like the Central match will become commonplace next year, when the Bucs move up to Division I for their athletics.
Milford and Central swapped 10-0 match victories to start the meet, tying things up at 4-4, but Central went on a 5 match winning streak from there. Milford’s losses were mostly small however, and the Bucs only trailed 25-4 with the strength of their lineup set to wrestle. Milford followed up with two pins by Rafael Mejia and Bevensky Augustine respectively, and brought the score back to 25-16. Milford would forfeit at 195, giving Central a 31-16 lead, and from there the Bucs needed to win out in order to get the win. Unfortunately, Milford lost the very next match at 220 to a pin, and Central clinched the victory. Milford won the 3 remaining matches, but it was too-little too-late, and the Bucs lost 37-30.
“Their 220 pounder just did a great job. What can I say? The match was 2-2, and their guy really went for it. He just did a great job, and that’s just how it fell tonight. I know my guys, and this one won’t feel good, but it will definitely make us better,” Parsley said.
Milford goes on the road for their next match at Cape Henlopen on Wednesday, January 30 at 6 PM.
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