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MHS Wrestling To Open Season At Edgewood Invite

Posted on: December 6, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE:  The MHS wrestling team will take to the mats for the first time the season, kicking off the year at the Edgewood Invitational this weekend.  Coach Pete Babinec remains at the helm of the program for his sixth season, which he describes as a young yet experienced team after the loss of a number of seniors the previous two season.  Most notable, for the first time in four seasons the Eagles will be without Jimmy Murphy who leaves big shoes to fill having departing Milford with the most career wins (140) in the history of the wrestling program.  Murphy ended his outstanding career in Columbus at the OHSAA Division I State Tournament, the first Eagle to advance to the State Tournament in seven years. 


TEAM PREVIEW:  The 2017-2018 MHS wrestling team is following former teams that finished fourth in the past two Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championships. Seven starters return, two of whom advanced to the District Tourney last season.

With 65 career wins thus far, it wouldn’t be surprising if junior Kobey Bronaugh earns his 100th win in the upcoming season. Last season Bronaugh finished second at Sectionals, and advanced to the second day of Districts before losing in consolation rounds.  He brought home his first conference title at the ECC Championships, and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Oak Hills Duals where he went 7-0 with seven falls.  In addition to the ECC Tournament, Bronaugh won individual championships at the James V. Horning Memorial Tournament in Mason and the Milford Invitational Tournament, and placed second at the Edgewood Invitational.  Bronaugh was named to the 2017 All-ECC first team, and was named second team All-ECC in 2016.

Sophomore Max Ward received second team recognition in 2017, his first varsity season. Ward finished fourth at Sectionals, and advanced to the second day of Districts before losing in consolation rounds.  He was a runner-up at the ECC Tournament, placed third at the Milford Invitational, and made the podium in seventh place at the James V. Horning Memorial Tournament.

Tre Spillman returns for his senior season.  In 2017, Spillman placed third at the ECC Tournament, second at the Milford Invitational, and second at the James V. Horning Memorial Tournament in Mason.  Spillman took the podium as well at the Edgewood Invitational, finishing in sixth place.  He received ECC honorable mention in both 2017 and 2016.

Additional returning starters include juniors Derek Elliot, Tristin Messerschmidt and Jack Ward, and sophomore Adam Anderson.


SCHEDULE:  The Eagles open the season on Friday, 12/8 and Saturday, 12/9 at the Edgewood Invitational.  Action is set to begin at 5:30 on Friday and will continue Saturday at 10:00 am.  The Invite will be held at Edgewood High School.


POLL WATCH:  Milford wrestling received five votes in the first week of the Division I area coaches’ poll from the Cincinnati Enquirer.  LaSalle received the most votes followed by Elder.  Mason, a dominate team from the past several seasons, is tied with Harrison for third, and Fairfield comes in fifth. The ECC’s Loveland is ninth, while West Clermont (9) is the only other ECC program joining Milford in receiving votes in week one.  Click HERE for the most recent area coaches' poll.