Just a few days removed from taking on defending Henlopen Conference champs Smyrna, the Milford Bucs’ wrestling squad will travel back to Smyrna for the Eagle Classic this weekend.

The Eagle Classic which begins on Friday night and runs through Saturday features ten teams including host school Smyrna and the Bucs. The remaining eight participants include fellow Henlopen Conference foe Dover, A.I. duPont, Newark, Salesianum, and out-of-state schools Archbishop Curley (Md.), Oakland Mills (Md.), Malvern Prep (Pa.), and Mariana Bracetti Academy (Pa.).

After participating in a handful of tournaments already this season, Milford Head Coach Dan Rigby talked about how beneficial they can be for a team, especially to start the season.

“Tournament season is tough, at any one tournament a kid can wrestle eight to ten matches,” said Rigby. “This is tough on the body and mind but it really benefits us in the long run.”

So far, the grueling tournament schedule to start the season has Milford’s wrestlers firing on all cylinders.

“We have had several kids stand out,” Rigby said. “Freshman Cameron Hayes and Robbie Rosser have really stepped up to the challenge and had some great success. Our other top guns are Jarek Lugo who is a returning state finalist, Alex Creasey who is returning third-place finisher, Bart Dalious and Kenny VanVorst have also had some big success.”

Before this weekend’s tournament, the Bucs will face-off with Seaford (0-1) tonight in Milford’s third conference dual-meet, standing at 1-1 after suffering their first dual-meet schedule loss of the season to Smyrna on Monday night.

After the Eagle Classic, the Bucs will take on Delmar (1-0) before traveling to Maryland’s Stephen Decatur High School for the War on the Shore. Following their last invitational of the season the Bucs will take on seven straight conference opponents including road match ups with Indian River, Sussex Tech, Lake Forest, Caesar Rodney, and Cape Henlopen.

With the bulk of their dual-meet schedule ahead, Rigby and his squad will be ready.

“Dual meets are significantly different (from tournaments) because you only have to prepare for one match,” Rigby said. “The preparation and recovery time are very different.”