When Mamaroneck wrestler Ben Miller defeated an opponent from Ketcham this season, the 160-pounder walked off the mat and whispered in his coach’s ear.
The information he shared was worthy of a loud celebration, but no cheers were heard after the senior’s victory. Miller, this week’s Con Edison Athlete of the Week, had become the second wrestler in school history to reach the 100-win mark.
“When he got to 100 wins, there were no fans there,” Tigers coach Anthony Vitti said. “It was something that he had been talking about, but he came over and whispered quietly to me about it.
“I had to go look it up. He’s good at goal-setting, and he’s very humble.”
Miller practices each day with the same quiet, consistent manner that he used to deliver the news of his milestone achievement to his coach.
“Ben is the perfect example of leading by example,” said senior teammate Dion Duran, Miller’s practice partner. “He’s not always the most vocal, but he’s never doing the wrong thing. You never catch him slipping up.”
It’s important not to confuse Miller’s calculated behavior with shyness. Miller has presented his research at science conferences in Vancouver and Chicago.
“Last year, I went to Vancouver for a presentation of a radiology project; it’s with a class called ‘Original Science Research,’ ” Miller said. “I did another project and went to Chicago to present, too.”
A member of the National Honor Society with a 95.6 overall average, Miller has applied to Dartmouth, Rochester, Tufts and Penn.
“Who knows if this is where I am going to end up going, but I am thinking of being pre-med with a major in some sort of history,” Miller said. “With pre-med, I know you have to take certain courses, but that’s my ideal plan.”
With five years of varsity experience, Miller finds himself as the anchor of a young Tigers squad.
“We lost most of our upperclassmen and a lot of the team is very young,” Miller said. “We’ve got more than 10 freshmen this year. We’re a good team, but in a few years, we’re going to be great. I can’t wait to come back and watch the team.”
With 104 wins, Miller finds himself within striking distance of the school’s all-time record of 111.
“We have had a few seniors get injured lately, so he’s been the lone source of (leadership) the past few weeks and he’s stepped up,” Vitti said.