Host Milford nabs 2nd straight Invitational wrestling title

Bevensky Augustin of Milford scored a fall in the first period of the 182-pound match over Sanford’s Jason Lamey. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

MILFORD — For the second straight year, Milford High took the team title at the annual Milford Invitational wrestling tournament.
This year’s championship may have been a bit more special for Bucs’ coach Don Parsley, though.

Greensburg-Salem, Pa., coached by Don’s younger brother Randy, also competed and grabbed second place. It’s the first time the two brothers have faced each other as coaches.

“We made some changes and made it a one-day event, which allowed them to participate,” Don said. “It’s certainly nice seeing him. Family is family and we all have our lives and we’re all busy doing our own things that sometimes we don’t make the time, but this year he was able to bring his team down and it was just great to see him.”

With five wrestlers in the finals, and four winning individual titles, the Bucs registered 428.5 points, just a week after repeating as champions at last Saturday’s Polytech Invitational.

Milford’s Dalton Deevey battles Drew Mayhall of Smyrna in the 160-pound championship match.

Sophomore Jack Thode (120-pound weight class), sophomore Tim O’Hara (138), sophomore Dalton Deevey (160) and senior Bevensky Augustin (182) each earned individual titles for the Bucs. Senior Anthony Diaz grabbed a runner-up finish in the 220-pound class.

Thode earned his title with a second period pin, while Augustin pinned his opponent in just 17 seconds. O’Hara dominated his opponent with a 9-1 major decision victory.

“I knew he’d be tough, but it really feels good,” O’Hara said. “We’re working our way up right now. Our main goal is states and everything builds up to states.”

In the 160 bout, Smyrna High’s Drew Mayhall tied the score 2-2 with about 1:34 remaining, but Deevey registered a pair of points with just 21 seconds left to clinch the 4-2 decision and the title.

Augustin and Thode each finished the day with four pins, which included the 100th victory of Augustin’s career.

Caesar Rodney’s Patrick Wisniewski scores takedown points against Jarrod Brindza of William Penn and went on to win by decision 15-9 in the 145-pound bout.

“I’m really proud of my team and what we’ve done,” said Parsley. “I hope it shows my guys that we’re really a good team and that we’re going to be in the hunt as we get into our season and approach the postseason … I’m just really excited about what I saw today – we had five guys in the finals, four champs – I think that’s really a big deal.”

Greensburg Salem, finishing with 388.0 points, had two individual champions as John Meyers earned a 7-2 decision for the 220 title and Billy McChesney won the 285-pound bout by injury default. They finished just ahead of third place William Penn High (379).

Sixth place Smyrna High (324.0 points), seventh place Caesar Rodney High (310.5), eighth place Laurel High (270.5) and 12th place Dover High (182.5) round out the downstate schools competing.

Tim O’Hara of Milford controls Greenburg Salem’s Cold Rubrecht winning a 9-1 major decision in the 138-pound championship round.

Patrick Wisniewski earned a 15-9 decision in the 132-pound finals bout to earn CR’s lone individual title.

Dover’s Gabe Evans earned the 170 title by medical forfeit, while Sam Arkwouille nabbed a runner-up finish after falling to William Penn’s Nasir Dreuitt by 3-1 decision in the 195 finals.

“It feels really good especially coming off of football season,” said Evans. “Wrestling is something I’m looking forward to this season, winning conferences and winning states. It feels good, working hard at practice this week and then to come out and dominate.”

Smyrna placed three in the finals, grabbing runner-up finishes from Bryce Mullen (152), Mayhall (160) and Andrew DeBenedictis-Bayne (285). Anthony Glass added a third-place finish for the Eagles in the 132 bracket.

St. Mary’s Ryken High, Md. had a pair of champions with Evan Eldridge earning a pin in just 1:04 in the 126 match and Blake Jury picking up a 9-2 decision at 132.

Delcastle High’s Julian Rapuano (106), St. Georges Tech High’s Matthew Meadows (113) and Sanford School’s Justin Griffith (152) round out the individual titles.

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