Panther Miller enjoys record-breaking season on matsSteady senior now holds school record for pins, wins
Waldoboro — It was a tough day on the mat for the Medomak Valley wrestling team on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20. The same cannot be said for Panther senior Cyril Miller, who has, without a doubt, had a season to remember. That continued Monday.
During the team's home meet against Skowhegan, Erskine Academy of South China and Mount Blue of Farmington, Miller broke the school's all-time wins record, previously held by Steven Genthner.
Miller tied Genthner's record of 118 wins during the team's home meet on Saturday, Jan. 18. In that meet, Miller also broke the school's all-time pins record of 66, which also was held be Genthner.
Miller's win over Erskine Academy's Adam Mealey on Monday gave the senior the all-time wins record, while his pin of York's Jack Bouchard on Saturday gave him the career pins record.
He also broke the 100-win mark on Dec. 21.
Miler has a record of 30-3 with 20 pins this season as he eyes possible league, regional and state titles in the coming weeks.
“It feels like some real hard work has finally paid off a little bit,” said Miller of his record-breaking season. “It's been a long road. Peewees was always tough and middle school was even harder. Freshman year I didn't get much varsity time, but with every practice every day, even if you were sick, it's nice to get the recognition.”
The 17-year-old Union resident said he did not follow Genthner closely as a middle school grappler, but “knew he was a good wrestler” and “even went up and practiced with him one time.”
“[I] saw the practices were hard and how hard they worked,” said Miller. “It was pretty motivating. And I knew that if I worked that hard, I could get to the same pinnacle.”
Miller won the regional championship at 182 pounds last year and finished third in the state Class B championship and the KVAC meet.
To Miller, bringing home a coveted state crown would be the icing on the cake of his high school wrestling career.
“That's all I want,” he said. “It's what I've been working for since day one of freshman year.”
Genthner is serving in the military overseas and could not be reached for comment.
In Monday's meet, the Panthers lost to the Cougars 45-36, lost via tiebreaker to the Eagles 30-30 and lost to the Indians 69-6.
The individual Panther results, with Medomak Valley grapplers listed first (with season match records and pin totals included), were:
113 pounds — Rayanne Leach (17-14, pin) won by forfeit over Mount Blue; was pinned by Cameron Cross, EA, at 2:59; and was pinned by Cody Craig, Skow, at 0:50.
120 pounds — Cole Ashmore (22-10, 13 pins) won by forfeit over Mount Blue, pinned Isaac Taylor, EA, at 1:09; and was pinned by Cooper Holland, Skow, at 2:44.
126 pounds — Deagen Poland (13-18, 4 pins) won by forfeit over Mount Blue, pinned Isaac Taylor, EA, at 1:09; and was pinned by Cooper Holland, Skow, at 2:44.
132 pounds — Andrew Cronk (5-7, pin) won by forfeit over Mount Blue, was pinned by Jacob Church, EA, at 1:58; and was pinned by Julian Sirois, Skow, at 0:20.
138 pounds — Riley McCollett (23-11, 13 pins) was pinned by Danny Reed, MtB, at 3:45; and was pinned by Luke Bolster, Skow, at 5:03. Tim Jerome (8-17) was pinned by Joseph York, EA, at 1:02.
145 pounds — Riley McCollett pinned Tyler Wysocki, EA, at 0:36. Tim Jerome lost to to Terry Storer, EA, 7-6; and was pinned by Kam Doucette, Skow, at 3:03.
152 pounds — Quinn Ashmore (18-15, 8 pins) won by forfeit over Mount Blue and Erskine Academy; and was pinned by Kaleb Brown, Skow, at 2:51.
160 pounds — Samantha Fowles (4-7) was pinned by Nick Hickey, MtB, at 1:03; was pinned by Zachary Isbell, EA, at 0:30; and was pinned by Logan Stevens, Skow, at 0:20.
170 pounds — Miller (30-3, 20 pins) pinned Tyler Azevedo, EA, at 2:50.
182 pounds — Miller pinned Adam Mealey, MtB, at 0:44; and lost to Mikal Federici, Skow, 11-5.
220 pounds — Owen Gilbert (20-12, 14 pins) won by forfeit over Erskine Academy and Skowhegan; and lost to Josh Winters, MtB.
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