High school wrestling

Miller wrangles win record from brother as Panthers sweep home meet

Medomak Valley improves to 13-3 in dual-matches for season
By Zack Miller | Jan 07, 2019
Courtesy of: Naomi Miller Medomak Valley's Eli Miller, left, and his older brother, Cyril.

Waldoboro — Success was plentiful for the Medomak Valley wrestling team — and especially for senior Eli Miller — on Saturday, Jan. 5.

The Panthers swept to three dual-match wins in the five-team high school mat meet, as they bested Erskine Academy of South China 70-12, Gardiner 84-0 and Morse of Bath 54-28.

Oceanside of Rockland also attended, but Medomak Valley did not wrestle the Mariners.

Watch video and see more photos below.

Additionally, Miller, a state champion last year, reached an impressive career milestone during the meet, as he broke the school record for wins, when he pinned down his 137th, which bested his older brother, Cyril, who previously held the record with 136 career victories.

"It is really exciting to be able to beat the record; it has been in the back of my mind for a while," said Miller. "I'm so thankful for my teammates, coaches and family for pushing me and being so supportive. I'm blessed to have seen Cyril's grinding work ethic, and have him as a role model growing up. Watching almost all of his practices and meets since he was in middle school, I was always in a position to be in the front row seat to witness his success. Having our family name be part of this program is such an honor."

"I am also lucky enough to be on a team with plentiful practice partners that bring me to that next level, unlike my brother, I had this advantage," said Miller. "Knowing the program will continue to grow, it is humbling to know that our family name will be associated with the success of this program."

The individual Medomak Valley results, with Panthers listed first, were:

106 pounds — Reese Hesseltine (12-10 season record, with 3 pins) was pinned by Jake Edmond, EA, at 1:28; and won by forfeit over Gardiner and Morse.

113 pounds — Gavin Readinger (19-5, 5 pins) pinned Kristen Ray, EA, at 2:39; and won by forfeit over Gardiner and Morse.

120 pounds — Josh MacDougall (15-3, 7 pins) pinned Nate Farrar, EA, at 1:01; pinned Evan Grady, Gar, at 3:28; and won by forfeit over Morse.

126 pounds — Marshall Sawyer (11-2, 3 pins) pinned Patrick Hanley, EA, at 1:33; won by forfeit over Gardiner; and lost to Conner McNish, Morse, 9-1.

132 pounds — Brady Carter (15-4, 8 pins) pinned Hugo Smith, EA, at 1:00; won by forfeit over Gardiner; pinned Cole Avery, Morse; and pinned Tony Marino, HD, at 4:54.

138 pounds — Colby Hyde (8-10, 4 pins) pinned Jay Austin, EA, at 0:48; pinned James Rinderknecht, Gar, at 0:44; and was pinned by Ben Brewer, Morse, at 0:27.

145 pounds — Zeke Hesseltine (5-14, 2 pins) won by forfeit over Erskine Academy and Gardiner; and was pinned by Mason Savory, Morse, at 1:02.

152 pounds — Elizabeth Bowman (2-4) won by forfeit over Erskine Academy; and was pinned by Jack Komiliv, Morse, at 0:23.

160 pounds — Eli Miller (17-0, 15 pins) pinned Aiden Larabee, EA, at 0:58; won by forfeit over Gardiner; and pinned Isaak Sinklair, Morse, at 2:45.

170 pounds — Amos Hinkley (20-3, 9 pins) pinned Haeden Landry, EA, at 2:47; and won by forfeit over Gardiner and Morse.

182 pounds — Tyler Cox (9-3, 8 pins) pinned Austin Campbellton, EA, at 2:12; pinned Elijah Burns, Gar, at 0:35; and was pinned by Ihsan Meyers, Morse, at 1:37.

195 pounds — Aidan Hamar (4-0) won by forfeit over Erskine Academy, Gardiner and Morse.

220 pounds — Erik Benner (22-1, 15 pins) beat Isaak Peavey, EA, 11-0; won by forfeit over Gardiner; and pinned Karl Shumaker, Morse, at 1:16.

285 pounds — Sam Sampson (5-6, pin) was pinned by Anthony Sanborn, EA, at 0:21; won by forfeit over Gardiner; and pinned Déja Douglas, Morse, at 3:35.

Medomak Valley hosts wrestling meet
Medomak Valley hosts wrestling meet on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Eli Miller, middle. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Gavin Readinger, right, and Erskine Academy's Kristen Ray. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Gavin Readinger. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Marshall Sawyer, left. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Marshall Sawyer, right, and Erskine Academy's Nate Farrar. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Marshall Sawyer, top, and Erskine Academy's Nate Farrar. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Marshall Sawyer, top, and Erskine Academy's Nate Farrar. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Brady Carter. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Brady Carter, front, and Erskine Academy's Patrick Hanley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Colby Hyde, right, and Erskine Academy's Hugo Smith. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Zeke Hesseltine. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Elizabeth Bowman, bottom, and an Erskine Academy wrestler. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Elizabeth Bowman, bottom, and an Erskine Academy wrestler. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Elizabeth Bowman. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Eli Miller, top, and Erskine Academy's Aiden Larabee. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Eli Miller, top, and Erskine Academy's Aiden Larabee. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Eli Miller, top, and Erskine Academy's Aiden Larabee. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Eli Miller, top, and Erskine Academy's Aiden Larabee. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Amos Hinkley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Amos Hinkley, top, and Erskine Academy's Haeden Landry. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Amos Hinkley, top, and Erskine Academy's Haeden Landry. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Amos Hinkley, top, and Erskine Academy's Haeden Landry. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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