Navy's Miller, Roche Place at Shorty Hitchcock Open
Jan. 19, 2014
MILLERSVILLE, Pa. — Navy sophomore William Miller (Chinook, Mont.) and senior Andrew Roche (Vail., Ariz.) earned top-five finishes at the Shorty Hitchcock Open on Sunday, as 14 Navy wrestlers competed in the one-day open tournament.
Miller, who came into the tournament having placed in two of three events in which he had participated in at 184 pounds, began Sunday’s Shorty Hitchcock Open with a 9-6 loss to Jadaen Bernstein who represented the Naval Academy Prep School. Miller made his way through the consolation bracket by first pinning Jack Wedholm of the Military Academy Prep School (4:24). He went on to beat teammates Stout Watson (Lexington, N.C.) (5-4) and Michael Woulfe (Oak Park, Ill.) (11-8) in back-to-back bouts before punching his way into the third-place match by way of a pin over Jacob Taylor from the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club. Miller was awarded third place following a disqualification of Cornell’s William George.
Placing fourth in just his fourth collegiate tournament, Roche put together a 6-2 mark at 165 pounds. He opened with a 9-1 victory over Penn’s Jun Yoo, but dropped a 4-2 decision to Lock Haven’s Aaron McKinney to send him to the consolation bracket. Roche won five in a row to reach the third-place bout, taking wins over Colin Navickas of Stevens Institute of Technology (4-2), Jacob George of Cornell (3-2), Drew Daniels of the Naval Academy Prep School (3-2), John Keck of Navy (7-5) and Craig Eifert of Cornell (med). Penn State’s Garett Hammond, however, would prove to be too strong as Roche lost his match 6-0 to place fourth.
Navy senior 149-pound Raymond Borja (Virginia Beach, Va.) was well on his way to placing, but following a 6-2 loss to eventual champion Quinton Murphy of Clarion in the semis Borja bowed out of the tournament by way of a medical forfeit.
### Go Navy ###