By Kevin Eickman
If there is one thing about the Milford wrestling team that everyone knows, it is that their mission is always goal oriented. With each passing week the goal is simple, be better than the week before.
On January 8, Milford hosted Dover in its second Henlopen North meet of the season. While the visiting Senators were no match for the Buccaneers who would win by a score of 54-10, that does not mean that MHS is where it wants to be.
“We still have a long way to go and a very tough schedule ahead of us. We did what we were supposed to do, but we are going to have to keep on improving to get where we want to be.” Coach Don Parsley said. “This is all about getting ready for a much more difficult second half of the season and I am fairly comfortable as to where we are at this point.”
Milford would receive a total of five forfeits in the meet. While that may not be an ideal situation for either team, the competition was not devoid of some quality wrestling. Junior Corey Messick would garner an 8-3 decision at 113 pounds. The match was significant as it was his first action of the season as he had been recovering from a health issue.
“It was really great to be out there again. While I wasn’t at my best, I was able to get the win.” Messick said. “I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m getting stronger every day. I should be where I want to be when we get to the bigger matches.”
The next Buccaneer to take to the mat would be senior Dominic Feightner (152) who would win by pin in at the 1:54 mark of the first period. Next up for Milford would be sophomore Dalton Deevey (160) who would also win via fall as he dispatched Dover’s Carlos Rosado in just 1:04.
Dover finally got on the board as junior Gabe Evans (170) would score a major decision 13-0 over Buc junior Rafael Mejia.
The most exciting match of the evening would be at 195 pounds as Milford senior Bevensky Augustin battled Dover’s Sam Arkwuoille in a match that came down to the wire. Both wrestlers had their chances with the match coming down to the final moments. Augustin would come up short on the wrong end of an 8-7 score.
“We like to challenge our guys and while Augustin usually wrestles at 182 and the guy he wrestled comes in at every bit of 195,” Parsley said. “It was really a match that could have gone any way and I was really pleased with how Augustin wrestled.”
The final match of the evening would be at 220 pounds with Milford senior Anthony Diaz earning a 4-1 victory. In typical Diaz fashion, he just simply wore down his opponent and waited for his opportunity to score on his way to victory. “You have to beat Diaz; he is the type of wrestler who rarely makes a mistake,” Parsley said. “He will wear his opponent out and when the time is right, he will get the point or two that he needs to win the match.”
This past weekend Milford traveled to Maryland to participate in the Dundalk Duals. Milford was confident it would do well and showed it, winning all nine of its matches.
Parsley said the tournament was just another opportunity for his wrestlers to gain experience “When you have a chance to get a number of matches where everyone can gain experience and improve, that is just a fantastic opportunity. We are going to face some real stiff competition coming up, so this is just another tool to improve,” he said.
Milford, currently 2-0 in Conference play will host Polytech this Wednesday, starting at 6:30.