Smyrna and Milford Victorious in DIAA Wrestling Championships
By William Darden Jr.
The wins on Tuesday mark the fourth straight Division I championship for Smyrna, and the third straight Division II championship for Milford.
On the Division I end, the Smyrna Eagles were gifted a number one seed and a first round bye, before facing Cape Henlopen in the semifinals. Smyrna was able to pull out a 32-26 victory over Henlopen after trailing 26-20 earlier in the match.
The Eagles handled their championship match with much more ease, dispatching Sussex Central 50-15.
“It was the best we’ve wrestled all year,” Smyrna Head Coach Kurt Howell said, “Momentum started for us with the comeback in the Semi-Finals, and we were able to carry that into the Finals.”
In the Division II bracket, Milford was crowned champions for the third straight year, and for the fifth time overall.
Milford had a first round bye and faced Delaware Military Academy in the Semi-finals with a 50-24 win.
In the finals, Milford found themselves down 21-5 against St. Georges before storming back to win 57-24. Milford was able to secure eight pins in their final ten bouts against St. Georges.
Milford Head Coach Don Parsley tells WBOC his team performed well.
“The DMA match set us up for the final, and gave us a lot of confidence,” Parsley said.