ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Navy sophomore wrestler Mathew Miller (Edgewood, Md.) has been named the Naval Academy Athletic Association’s Athlete of the Week following his performance last weekend at the NCAA Championship. This is the second time in the last three weeks Miller has been the recipient of the Academy’s weekly athletic award.
Miller earned his second trip to the NCAA Championship in as many years after claiming the individual title at 174 pounds at the 2014 EIWA Championship on March 9. After dropping a 12-8 decision to Illinois’ Tony Dallago in the opening bout of the tournament, Miller made his way through the consolation bracket to the round of 12 where he would fall just one match short of All-America honors.
He began his climb back into contention by pinning Old Dominion’s Billy Curling in 2:48. It marked Miller’s 13th win of the 2013-14 season by way of fall and the 23rd of his career. It’s tied as the 12th-most career pins in the Navy record book, while it’s the most pins in a single season by a Navy wrestler since Ed Prendergast produced 15 in 2007-08.
Miller owned a commanding lead in his second bout of the day when Central Michigan’s Mike Ottinger was disqualified for biting Miller, setting up his match against the Nittany Lions’ Matt Brown.
Brown, who was ranked and seeded fifth, scored the match’s first points on a takedown 17 seconds into the match and built up 1:16 in riding time before Miller escaped. Miller was able to ride Brown in the opening seconds of the second period to erase Brown’s advantage in riding time, but Brown eventually broke free and scored a takedown to push his lead to 5-1.
Though Miller was able to get a reversal late in the third period and draw within three points (9-6), it would not be enough, as his season came to a close with a 10-6 loss to Brown who went on to place fifth.
Miller closed out the season with a 24-6 record and will head into his junior season with a 48-13 career mark.
### Go Navy ###