Sussex County Delaware

Milford Reaches
State Mat Final

State Tournament ...

Bucs Fall to Hodgson;
Knights Ousted in Semis

The Milford High School wrestling team placed second in the Division II state dual meet tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000.

Sussex Central, meanwhile, was knocked out of the Division I tournament in the first round at Delaware State University by eventual champion William Penn, 47-6.

In the Division II tournament, the Bucs beat Howard 39-24 in the semifinals before falling to Hodgson 44-16 in the championship meet. The title was Hodgson's fourth straight. It reached the final with a 60-6 victory over Smyrna in the semifinals.

In the Hodgson meet, the Bucs fell behind 15-0 before Richard Fischer won a decision at 125 for his team's first points. Hodgson recorded two more decisions before Jon Jones won by major decision to pull Milford within 21-7.

The Bucs, however, would win only one more match -- a pin by Kacey Fry at 189 -- to finish the dual meet season with a 12-3 record. Hodgson finished the dual meet season with a 13-1 record.

In the semifinals, the Bucs jumped out to a 34-3 lead before Howard won four straight matches to make the score closer.

Winning for Milford were Josh Chilcote (103), Mitch Harding (112), Dan Madanat (119), Richard Fischer (130), Jon Jones (135), Cliff Mumford (140), Brandon Able (145) and Kacey Fry. Fry won by technical fall in the heavyweight match.

In Division I, Sussex Central was unable to repeat last year's upset of favored Caesar Rodney in the semifinals. Against top-seeded William Penn, the Golden Knights were only able to notch wins by Raheim Brunskill at 152 and Jake Booth at 189.

The Colonials went on to end St. Mark's three-year reign as state champions with a 25-23 victory over the Spartans in the finals.

Caesar Rodney, meanwhile, lost to St. Mark's 33-21 in the other Division I semifinal.

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