Hovington brothers set tone for Bucs’ wrestling

MILFORD — Wrestling is a unique sport in that it’s both an individual and team sport.

Each individual wrestler on a wrestling squad must perform well in order for it to all come together at the end of the night.

One of the many reasons Milford High School’s wrestling squad has performed so well this season is because of the Hovington brothers.

Individually, senior Dominyc Hovington and junior Khiry Hovington have been winning key matches for head coach Don Parsley’s varsity squad at Milford.

Dominyc, the elder brother, wrestles in the 220-pound weight class. The younger Hovington, Khiry, typically wrestles in the 152-pound to 160-pound weight class range.

Although they may be brothers, Dominyc and Khiry each have unique styles and a much different approach when it comes time to hit the mat. Not to mention the difference in weight classes between the two.

Varsity wrestling head coach Don Parsley would agree on the differences.

Hovington brothers, Khiry, center, and Dominyc, right, celebrate last year’s Delaware State Championship with their mother Phenicia Spells. Special to The Chronicle

“I would say that Dom is the more quiet one,” coach Parsley said. “While Khiry always wants to step up and ask the questions and really wants to learn to get better. Not that Dom doesn’t want to learn too, he’s just a little more quiet. Dom usually wants to sit back and watch and observe to learn, while Khi is a little more inquisitive. But they’re both really hard workers and great kids.”

“He [Khiry] is trying to learn more and I usually just try to rely on the muscle,” Dominyc said of his brother. “We don’t during practice, but we practice together a lot after practice.”

Khiry added, “With me being a little less experienced than Dom – he’s a natural athlete – I kind of have to be a little more inquisitive and figure things out for myself, but ask a lot of questions at the same time. I’m more of the thinking type and he’s the brawn.”

One thing the boys do have in common, however, is that wrestling isn’t their first sport of choice.

Dominyc, in his four years at the school, spent his fall Friday nights carrying the ball and tracking down ball-carriers for the varsity football team. Dominyc earned First Team All-Conference honors at linebacker this season.

Khiry’s No. 1 sport of choice is soccer, as he’s a starter for Todd French’s varsity soccer squad. The soccer star helped to lead the team to a state playoff berth this fall.

But once November rolls around each year, the Hovington brothers team up and work together to lead Milford to victories on the wrestling mat.

Wrestling started out as simply a way for the boys to stay in shape during the off-season, but as the years have passed they started to get better and better.

“I decided to come out for wrestling team [as a freshman] because all my friends were,” Dominyc said. “Then I just caught on to the sport and kept with it.”

Both brothers have picked up a pair of victories in each of the Buccaneers’ two dual-meets this season.

Against Caesar Rodney on Dec. 21, Dominyc won by major decision (16-7) in the 220-pound match. With the team score close, Khiry capped the Buccaneers’ night by defeating his opponent by a 14-9 decision in the 160-pound class. The two wins proved to be the difference as the Bucs pulled off the 38-27 victory.

“Honestly, Dom did a nice job tonight and Khi comes out and does a great job at sealing the win for us,” Parsley said following the win last Wednesday.

Entering the heart of his 2016 senior wrestling season, Dominyc hopes to make a run at the state championship.

Khiry, the less-experienced of the two, hopes to set himself up nicely for a deep run next winter.

“I feel like I have a decent spot this year with Milford, but next year I feel like I can be one of the top guys in the state,” he said. “This year I’m just focusing on moving forward and learning as much as I can before my senior year.”

Coach Parsley has only had great things to say when speaking of the Hovington brothers.

“They’re both great kids who work really hard and I think they truly enjoy the sport of wrestling,” said Parsley.

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