Two Wellington wrestlers hit the mats hard at the 2016 Amateur Athletic Union Scholastic Duals.
Christopher Miller and Nick Fox of Wellington High School traveled with the Amherst Steele wrestling team to the event which lasted from June 13-17 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
Miller had 12 wins including eight pins and just one loss in his 170 pound weight class. The dominance qualified him as an All-American wrestler and earned him a silver medal.
Fox also had a strong showing with a 9-4 record at 195 pounds.
The team of 14 wrestlers competed in two to five matches per day against schools from Ohio as well as Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.
“Coach Brian Cesear from Amherst called to tell me they needed another 170 pounder and asked if I could do it,” said Miller. “There is a good chance that the entire Wellington wrestling team will travel to Florida next summer.”
Miller had a 35-10 record as a junior for Wellington in 2015 and says that there is a strong sense of optimism for this coming season.
“We had some injuries during the conference playoffs including my concussion,” he said. “I think there were about five of us out and we ended us still placing fourth. We have a lot of high expectations this year coming up for sure.”
He added that faring so well against national competition is a huge confidence booster going into the future.
“It’s a weird feeling. There were about 160 teams there and we all did well. I lost my only match in the closing seconds. That is a good learning experience to get out of the way over the summer and put to use when the season comes around.”
Miller is the grandson of Wellington village council member Helen Dronsfield, who traveled with him to Orlando.
“It was an amazing experience,” she said. “Chris’ mom and I both went down because neither one of us like to miss his events. Both Wellington boys did very well and it was just awesome.”
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Photo courtesy of Helen Dronsfield Nick Fox and Christopher Miller at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. The pair both put up strong showings at the AAU Scholastic Duals with Miller going 12-1 and Fox 9-4.