Confidence is a big key to successful high school wrestling, and the Milford Bucs should be feeling pretty confident as they head into winter break.


Confidence is a big key to successful high school wrestling, and the Milford Bucs should be feeling pretty confident as they head into winter break.

The Bucs are 1-1 on the regular season, and have had quality showings at the first two wrestling invitationals of the season.

Milford’s most recent win was a dominant 55-19 showing over Delmar, Dec. 17 at Milford High School.

“We lost our first match, so it was an important one,” senior Jalil Davis said.

The Bucs won 10 of the 14 weight classes, including five by pin and two by forfeit, to claim the victory.

Davis continued his early season success with a pin over Delmar’s Dominique Showell at 152-pounds in 1:36.

“It was good,” Davis said. “I didn’t do what I wanted to, but in the end everything came together.”

Sophomore Brent Wingrove, a second-year varsity wrestler, followed with a pin of Delmar’s Shawn Wilkerson in 1:51 at 160-pounds.

Junior Joe McIlvain closed out the success of Milford’s heavier weights by grinding out a 6-2 decision over Delmar’s James Lee at 189-pounds.

Davis said the heavier wrestlers get pumped up for their matches by seeing the smaller wrestlers win at the beginning of the meet. Against Delmar, the Bucs found immediate success starting at 103-pounds.

Sophomore Allan Putz won by pin at 103-pounds over Zach Vetra in 1:15. Freshman David Jordan followed at 112-pounds with a pin in 3:12 on Colby Murphy.

Sophomore Connor Short, a second-year varsity wrestler, continued Milford’s domination with a first period technical fall victory (16-0) over Blain Peters.

Senior Edgar Ramirez, who took a year off from wrestling, brought Milford’s pinning ways back at 125-pounds, when he scored the fall on Jeremy Freeman in 1:43.

“It’s nice to see those guys go out there and be successful,” Milford head coach Don Parsley said.

Sophomores Chris Harris and Anthony Bonville earned forfeits at 130- and 135-pounds respectively, and sophomore Dustin Killinger, another second-year varsity wrestler, earned a third period technical fall (23-6) over Dakota Harmon at 145-pounds.

Milford forfeited the 171-pound weight class, and Parsley acknowledged that the lineup isn’t 100 percent set at this point, and that the wrestlers are still in mid-December shape, not end-of-season conference and state tournament shape yet.

“If we can go out and be successful and not have everything in place, that’s a good thing,” Parsley said.

After beating Delmar, the Bucs were preparing for the William Penn Tournament on Dec. 20. From there, Milford is off from competition until the Wetzel Holiday Classic in Pennsylvania on Dec. 29 and 30. Parsley said he expects to go over a lot of teaching and fine-tuning with the team in practice prior to wrestling in Pennsylvania.

“After this weekend we can work on our fitness level, our skills and technique, and get ready for our vicious Henlopen Conference schedule,” Parsley said.

Upon returning from winter break, the Bucs have a brutal schedule of four matches in four days.

Milford hosts Seaford on Jan. 7, travels to Woodbridge Jan. 9 and then travels to Caesar Rodney Jan. 10 for a tri-meet that also includes Sussex Tech.