When he learned that there would be a newspaper story on his winning the Center State Conference Wrestling Tournament, Cooperstown senior Jacob Miller thought of his teammates.
“You’re going to write something about Mikey (Boyle) and Kevin (Segit) too, right? Those guys were awesome this weekend,” Miller said.
Miller’s co-captains did have an “awesome” weekend, each winning first place at the Section Three Class D Tournament. Boyle finished first at 120 pounds and Segit placed first at 195. Miller settled for second place at 145 pounds, a week after winning the CSC at the same weight.
“Just mention them too,” Miller said again.
According to his wrestling coach, Micaiah Abts, the concern for his teammates is characteristic of Miller.
“My hope is that my son grows up to be similar to him,” Abts said.
“Jacob is a great kid. He has done a great job working with our younger wrestlers and a great job making sure this is a team.”
On Jan. 12, it was Miller who had the best tournament for the Redskins. He won the CSC Tournament, beating Ilion’s Bryan Bennett, to avenge a loss from the semifinals of the CNY Tournament on Jan 12.
Bennett won, 14-12, in the first match. In the rematch two weeks later in the finals, Miller won, 6-4, in overtime.
“I knew when we went back to neutral to start the overtime, that I could take him down,” Miller said. “I thought all along that I was
better than him from (standing position).”
Miller, 18, is the son of Milford Central School Principal Michael Miller and Lori Miller. He has applied to the U.S. Military Academy. His recommendation came from Congressman Richard Hanna. Miller said he is expecting to find out in March if he is accepted. If not, he said he will look to find a school with an strong ROTC, so that he can go to officer training after college.