By Kevin Eickman
While wrestling is a winter sport at the high school level, to those who participate in the sport it is a year round endeavor. Besides traveling to various regional tournaments, a key component of any serious wrestler is the various training clinics that they have the opportunity to attend. This summer Milford high school will once again host a summer clinic and this year’s edition promises to present a solid lineup of clinicians to provide some fabulous training.
The intense clinic will run from 6-9pm each night from June 23rd to the 27th. Catching up with Milford High School Wrestling Coach Dan Rigby this past week, it was easy to see he was excited about this year’s camp. “This is a great camp for local kids to come to, it is a fantastic way to improve your wrestling skills,” Rigby said. The list of clinicians at this year’s camp is impressive. Among those providing instruction are Paul Collier, a three time Delaware State Champion and three time Assistant Coach of The Year; Dicky Howell, the head coach at Caesar Rodney, an eight time Delaware Coach of The Year; Don Parsley who has recorded over 200 wins as a wrestling coach and is a member of the Lock Hall Hall Of Fame.
Another participant is Milford’s own Alvontae Drummond, a Delaware State Champion who just completed his freshman season at McDaniel College. During his initial college campaign, Drummond came up just short of qualifying for the NCAA Division III tournament. “The first year was definitely a big adjustment, moving from high school to college was quite a challenge,” Drummond said, “The academic aspect of it presented quite a challenge at the beginning, but once I got use to it I was fine.” Talking with Drummond about the importance of off season clinics such as these, it is obvious he thinks they are very important. “Camps like these are so important if wrestlers want to improve. Along with the hard work, you need solid instruction and this clinic provides just that.” Drummond stated.
One of the fun aspects of the camp is that it is open to wrestlers of all ages. While many of the wrestlers from Milford’s DIAA Division II Championship team in attendance, Rigby is hoping that some of the younger wrestlers in the area will take advantage of the opportunity as well. “While we have a really good representation at the high school level, we would love to have more of the younger Milford wrestlers join us,” Rigby commented. “There are programs like Middle school and Little Bucs, we would love to have those guys participate.”
The cost of the five night clinic is $75, one of the more reasonably priced clinics in the area. Rigby understands that with the summer season, some people might not to be able to attend every night. “We understand it’s summer, but if you can make it for a few nights we will work with you and just charge you for the nights you can attend,” Rigby said. “We just need to know ahead of time.” For more information or to register, individuals can contact Dan Rigby at 302-270-0894.