Wilmington Friends wrestling coach Gregg Miller has become an expert at doing more with less.
Miller reached a milestone last Thursday, earning his 150th career dual-meet victory as the Quakers defeated Conrad 45-27 to move to 2-0 this season. Miller’s career record is 150-71.
“I think a lot of it has to do with me being in-house,” Miller said. “I also coach middle-school football, so I get to see the kids starting in the seventh grade. We don’t have a lot of numbers, so we have to wrestle smart.”
Friends’ athletes are pulled in a number of different directions.
“Every year, it’s different,” Miller said. “There are probably 125 boys in our school from grades 9-12. We also have a basketball team and a winter track team and a swimming team and a fitness program, so we’re pulling from a limited number of bodies.”
Still, the Quakers manage to fill most of the weight classes and have some standouts in senior tri-captains Jesse Miller (Gregg’s son, 152 pounds), Connor Armstrong (145) and Bill Gordon (220). Gordon suffered a dislocated knee against Conrad, but Friends is hoping he can return. The Quakers’ limited roster needs all the help it can get.
“We’ve ebbed and flowed,” Miller said. “I’ve had upwards of 30 kids on the team, and then I’ve had a number of years where we were down to 12. We have a pretty lean year this year; we’re down to about 16. We were in the mid-20s last year.”
Big honor for Beddow
St. Elizabeth baseball coach Tom Beddow received an award from a familiar face on Dec. 6 at the National High School Baseball Coaches Association convention in Tucson, Ariz.
Longtime St. Andrew’s coach Bob Colburn, executive secretary of NHSBCA, presented Beddow with the Mid-Atlantic District Coach of the Year award. The district includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia. Beddow is the second Delaware coach to be honored, joining St. Mark’s Matt Smith in 2004.
Beddow coached St. Elizabeth to an 18-3 season and a trip to the DIAA semifinals last spring. Mel Gardner, who is the Mid-Atlantic District member of the BCA executive board, also was present to see Beddow receive the award.
* A.I. du Pont scored 153 points to edge Hodgson (149) and host Newark (139) for the team title in the 16-team Yellowjacket Invitational on Saturday.
The Tigers got individual titles from Logan Perry at 126 and Ronald Muniz at 285. Newark had winners at 132 (Shane Pierce) and 160 (Chase Houck). Caravel’s Clint Ferrazzo was named the outstanding wrestler after his victory at 138, and Buccaneers teammate Devon Grant won at 145.
Wilmington Friends had individual winners at 113 (Zach Hinderhoffer) and 152 (Jesse Miller), while Tower Hill’s Chris Martel won at 170 and Jack Guan won at 182. Other winners were Archmere’s Matt McCurnin (106), St. Andrew’s Charles Taylor (120), Conrad’s Travis Testa (195) and Christiana’s Abdor-Rahman Wilson (220).
* Smyrna and Caesar Rodney found the going exceedingly tough at the prestigious Walsh Ironman in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The Eagles’ Brent Fleetwood came closest to a title, dropping a 3-0 decision to Ke-Shawn Hayes of Park Hill (Mo.) in the championship match at 120 pounds. The Riders’ Micah Hight finished seventh at 120, and CR’s Zack Parker came home fourth at 285.