All-County Wrestling: Miller carries his weight for Williamsport
Williamsport senior Nick Miller is The Herald-Mail's 2012-13 Washington County Wrestler of the Year. (By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer)
The senior went 37-1, won the 106-pound title at the Maryland Class 2A-1A state tournament and now has the honor of being The Herald-Mail’s 2012-13 Washington County Wrestler of the Year.
“I was happy with the season, definitely,” he said.
Miller, who finished his high school career with a 140-16 record, previously wrestled for Hedgesville and was a West Virginia Class AAA state runner-up as a sophomore.
In the state finals this year, he pinned Owings Mills’ Jake Rendelman in 1:46 to finish 4-0 with four pins, while not allowing a single point, for the tournament.
“Not winning it my sophomore year and then being in the finals again, I wanted to go out with a bang,” Miller said. “I wanted people to say, ‘He pinned everyone,’ just to give them something talk about.”
He kept people talking all season, as he convincingly won titles at the Damascus Tournament, the Hub Cup, the Rebel Duals, the county championships and the 2A-1A West region tournament, before his showcase of dominance at states. In the finals at the Damascus tourney, he defeated Damascus’ Mikey Macklin, the eventual Maryland 4A-3A state champ at 106.
“I was always out there to win,” Miller said. “I never thought I was going to lose, not once. I always thought I was going to win.”
His lone loss of the season came against Middletown’s Joshua Grossnickle in a December dual meet. Miller led 4-0 before being penalized twice for unnecessary roughness, the second time resulting in a loss by disqualification.
“I should have been undefeated, but oh well,” Miller said. “It definitely changed me and how I thought about things before I did them, so I guess it was good to go ahead and get it out of the way so it didn’t happen at states or anything.”
If Miller was ever nervous before a match, he never showed it. The same can’t be said for most of his opponents.
“He’s an intense little dude,” Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. “A lot of times, I have to get wrestlers pumped up to go out there on the mat. But with Nick, I had to make sure he was calm and focused.”
Miller’s physical strength seemed to make the greatest impression on Rechtorovic.
“He’s the strongest 106-pound kid I’ve ever seen,” the coach said.
Miller was nearly as dominant in the 113-pound weight class as he was at 106 this season. Even though he weighed in at 106 before all of his matches, he wrestled about half of them in the 113 class.
“I wanted to wrestle bigger guys to get some better competition,” he said, “so that it would be easier when I got to states and stuff.”
Miller said he hopes to continue wrestling in college, where the lightest weight class is 125 pounds.
“I’m going to start lifting and get beefy, and I’m going to go to some tournaments, hopefully win them, and see what colleges might be interested,” he said.
Joining Miller on the all-county first team are: