Milford’s Rosser looking to take down a state title

MILFORD — Wrestlers entering their freshman years oftentimes face uphill battles.

Even those who excelled at the middle school level tend to quickly learn they are no longer the big fish in a small pond. And when it pertains to Milford High wrestler Robbie Rosser, “big” likely wasn’t something he was even in junior high.

Compounding the difficulties for Rosser, who weighed in most of last season in the neighborhood of 95 pounds, is that his natural 106-pound weight class on the 2014-’15 Buccaneers team was already filled by eventual state champion Cam Hayes (now at Caesar Rodney), so he bumped up to 113 where he was at a huge disadvantage.

Milford sophomore Robbie Rosser is a favorite in the 106-pound weight class. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Milford sophomore Robbie Rosser is a favorite in the 106-pound weight class. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Rather than be discouraged by the situation, however, Rosser used it to learn.

“Last year I had to be more technically sound,” Rosser said of wrestling kids that outweighed him by 20 pounds. “I had to change to win matches closer and this year I’m taking advantage of what I learned. Now when I am in a defensive match or I have a small lead in the third (period), I know how to defend because kids were chasing after me last year figuring they could just hammer me.”

This season Rosser is back in his intended class, 106, and having grown some during the offseason his weight is in-line with others he will wrestle against.

In his first test of the season, the Polytech Invitational, Rosser’s approach as a wrestler using techniques he learned last season was evident when he was able to defeat Middletown’s Luis Estrada 4-2 in what might have been a state championship preview. Since then he won 106 at both the Milford Invitational and Battle at the Beach tournaments and just missed placing at the renowned Beast of the East.

“It’s a lot nicer, more my style of wrestling,” Rosser said of being at the 106-pound class. “My individual goals are to win around 40 matches and hopefully win at states.”

Although dual-meets often begin at random weight classes, having someone like Rosser at 106 is a big advantage for Milford. That fact isn’t lost on his head coach, Don Parsley, who is looking to guide the Buccaneers to a third consecutive Division II dual-meet state championship.

“He’s learned that he can compete with anybody,” Parsley said of Rosser. “As we compete, whoever leads us off we want to get a win and set the tone and it’s nice if we start at 106 because we know we’ve got Robbie there.”

As the season progresses, Rosser is anxious to work on his goals, both being an individual state champion and helping Milford to win a third straight dual-meet crown.

“I really think we could be the best team in the state,” he said. “And I really want to show everybody and win that third straight title.”

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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