Six wrestlers make championship round at Milford Invitational

MILFORD – Early-season wrestling tournaments are a great way for coaches to evaluate the team’s younger, less-experienced wrestlers and provides them with an opportunity to scope out the competition.

At this past weekend’s Milford Invitational, 13 teams from across the state gathered for a two-day tournament, culminating in championship rounds across 14 different weight classes Saturday evening.

Of those 14 weight classes, Milford’s varsity squad saw six wrestlers reach the championship round.

Robbie Rosser (113-pound weight class), Bevensky Augustin (182-pound) and Bryan Wynes (285-pound) each took home first place in their respective weight classes.

Gavin Garcia (132-pound), Alex Creasey (145-pound) and Dominyc Hovington (220-pound) each took home second place in the competition.

As a team, Sussex Central’s wrestling squad finished first-place overall, taking the trophy with them back home to Georgetown. Milford finished right behind the Golden Knights at the No. 2 spot.

While it’s not a first-place team win, head coach Don Parsley sees the team’s second-place finish as a positive step in the right direction. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that his squad finished ahead of the defending state champion Smyrna Eagles.

“The competition is pretty stiff. Sussex Central has a great team. Smyrna has a great squad, they’ve won the last four state titles,” said coach Parsley. “Even though they didn’t have their full squad here, finishing ahead of Smyrna is certainly a boost to our ego a little bit since they’re such a quality team. So finishing second place I think is a great achievement for us.”

Hovington rallied to nearly pull off a victory over Sussex Central’s John Morris in the 220-pound weight class, losing by decision in overtime.

“That’s his style. He likes to keep it close,” said Parsley of Hovington’s near-win. “Today it just wasn’t his day. Another day he might be the top dog.”

In the tournament’s final match Saturday evening, Wynes pulled off a 5-0 victory over Lake Forest’s Jordan Springer in the 285-pound match.

“It feels good. It was a tough match. I’m just glad to finally win the tournament at home,” Wynes said of his victory.

With the home tournament in the rear-view mirror, Milford moves on with one goal in mind: get better each match.

“We get to see a lot of the competition,” Parsley said of the annual tournament. “Everyone comes here with the same purpose, and that’s to work hard and try to win. It’s also really a testing ground, it gives me a chance to evaluate my kids and see where we’re at and see what we have to do to continue to move forward.”

Milford opens Henlopen Southern Division play Wednesday, Dec. 14, playing host to Woodbridge at 6:30 p.m.

Sports editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com

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