Milford escapes Sussex Tech with dual meet win

Chase Taylor Dominic Dorsey

Milford junior Chase Taylor earned an 11-6 decision in his 152-pound match.


MILFORD – Milford junior Chase Taylor made an offseason commitment to wrestling.

Last Friday the results certainly showed.

Taylor, during Milford’s 39-26 dual meet win against Sussex Tech, pulled out an 11-6 decision over Ravens senior Dimarco Dorsey.

The decision at 152 pounds helped the Buccaneers keep Tech at bay in a meet that was closer than the final score indicates. It was also the first time Taylor had beaten Dorsey, who had bested the Buc by major decision in each of their previous three matches.

“Last year I wasn’t as developed as a wrestler and he beat me a bunch of times,” Taylor said. “This year I’ve really been on the grind and I have been a lot better. I’m more confident.”

Trailing by a point 3:30 into the match, Taylor worked his way to a takedown and held the lead entering the final period. After working his way up to a 9-3 advantage, Taylor looked like he might have a chance to pin Dorsey but the match was stopped when the Raven screamed in pain as his finger dislocated and the top half jetted out from the bottom at about a 45-degree angle.

Dorsey was able to have the finger taped back in place and finished the match, but Taylor held him off for an 11-6 finish.

“I looked down and I saw his finger and my eyes just got big,” Taylor said of the injury. “I didn’t know what to do.”

Taylor’s match, as well as the one wrestled by sophomore heavyweight Bryan Wynes, who pinned Sussex Tech senior Anthony Crew, is what Milford head coach Dan Rigby would like to see out of all his grapplers.

“That’s the match we wanted everyone to wrestle,” Rigby said. “Constant attacking, running up the score, going nonstop. He did that, a few other guys did that, but a lot of guys just didn’t have the right mentality.”

Starting with a forfeit win at 106, Milford rolled to a 21-0 lead over the Ravens through four matches. Freshman Rob Rosser (113) earned a major decision, senior Jarek Lugo (120) won by technical fall and sophomore Alex Creasey (126) earned a quick pin to produce the early advantage.

Tech got on the board when senior Cole Hineline scored a tech fall in his 132-pound match, but the Ravens gave six team points back when they forfeited to Bucs junior Bart Dalious at 138.

Trailing 27-5, the Ravens won six of the next eight matches, with pins by senior Hunter Robles (145) and junior Matt Tull (160) keeping them in contention to win.

Brothers Riley and Ryan Parker gutted out narrow decisions at 182 and 195, respectively, which brought Tech to within 10 of the lead with two matches to go.

Needing at least a major decision to keep Tech alive, junior Marvin Spady (220) had trouble putting slippery Bucs sophomore Dominyc Hovington on his back and had to settle for a 12-7 win and three team points, which clinched the meet for Milford.

Wynes, however, made the result meaningless anyway when he controlled his entire match with Crew before catching the Ravens’ heavyweight in a mistake and pinning him.

Despite the win, Rigby was overall unhappy with Milford’s performance.

“In all honesty I expected us to come out and dominate, but our mentality is just not where it should be and we are underachieving big time,” Rigby said. “We’re not very humble. I think we think we are better than we are right now and we’re not putting in the work we should be. And it’s showing, there’s matches we left on the mat tonight that should be easy wins. We have got to get better.

“This isn’t something that can be corrected wrestling wise,” he added. “It’s something they have to correct inside themselves.”

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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