Rick Rosen earned Clyde’s first wrestling state championship in 1983.
“He made it a realistic goal to be an awesome program and be a state champion,” Fliers coach Rob Jennings said. “He gave that option to all of us in the program.
“Being a Clyde graduate and traditionalist it’s awesome to see them carry the torch and sustain it. It’s a credit to the kids.”
As he prepares to try to join the list of Fliers champs, senior Blake Miller verbally committed to wrestle at Notre Dame College. Miller earned his third straight Sandusky Bay Conference title Saturday.
Notre Dame is ranked first in the country and has captured three national championships the last four years in Division II.
“When I visited, it felt like home,” Miller said. “I connected with the coaches and it seems like a place where I’d improve and reach my goals. Since I was little I wanted to wrestle in college. To wrestle with the No. 1 program and the caliber of opponents and with my teammates makes it special.”
Miller currently wrestles at 152 without cutting weight. He plans to drop to 141 in college.
“I can get a better edge,” he said. “It will be hard to break the lineup. Coach said there’s a chance I could make the lineup at 141. I’m only 17 so I could redshirt.
“I’m stronger now not cutting weight but I’ll learn new techniques and I’ll get bigger. Cutting weight I’ll be bigger than the kids I wrestle.”
Jennings just wants Miller to continue to dictate the pace.
“He sets the tone more,” Jennings said. “He gets caught in a waiting game but when he sets the tone his counter offense and defense are good enough. It’s attack, don’t sit and wait. That’s been the hurdle and hopefully special things will happen.”
Miller has qualified to state twice and was sixth last season. He was a state alternate as a sophomore.
“He’s physically gifted,” Jennings said. “There are two things you can’t teach, talent and heart, and he has both. Since he set foot in the room as a freshman he’s as good as anybody we have but it’s about consistency.
“Hopefully he can carry the momentum.”
Miller built on his first two SBC titles and is striving for more the next three weeks.
“We’ve had so many good kids come through, it becomes being part of a legacy,” Jennings said. “These guys understand that and keep it going.”