- Post by: mcalibrary
- December 15, 2023
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SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
In describing Eric Miller, you must go beyond the record, evcen though the statistics he compiled are very impressive. But when you talk to people who are involved with him, a common thread winds through the conversation; Hard Work, Discipline, Dedication, Top Physical Condition, Role Model.
His coach, Bucky McCollum called him “the most dedicated wrestler I have ever worked with. The perfect model for the rest of the wrestlers on the squad and someone everyone looked up to.” High School Principal Rich Beierschmitt says “a role model for younger kids. Someone who achieves by outworking his competitors.”
Of course, hard work can take you only so far if you are not also talented; and he is very talented. This year he established new records at Mount Carmel Area High School for most career victories (85), most victories in a single season (35), most takedowns in a single season (104), and most pins in a single season (16). It is noteworthy that most the new records he established eclipsed records previously set by Bob Sacavage, himself a member of the Hall of Fame.
He finished his scholastic career with a record of 85-31-2. But over the last two seasons he was 62-7-1. He recently won the Middle Atlantic Athletic Union 112 pound championship; and finished 3rd in the PIAA Championships. He is also an outstanding student, ranking 11 out of 157 in his class. He is a member of the National Leadership Award. Eric will attend the U.S. Military Academy on an athletic scholarship this fall.