McMillen captures third state gold
Glendale senior beats Burrell’s Oswalt, 1-0
HERSHEY — Brock McMillen doesn’t usually show a lot of emotion after his wins, but after he captured his third state title on Friday at Hershey’s Giant Center, the Glendale senior celebrated.
He did when the final seconds ticked off the clock after a tight 1-0 win over Burrell’s Ian Oswalt in the 138-pound finals of the PIAA Class 2A Championships in a rematch of last year’s finals.
McMillen (22-0) pumped his fists and raised his arms toward family and the small crowd on both sides of the arena.
“It feels awesome,” the Pitt recruit said after climbing down off of the medals stand. “Every year, you work toward this goal, and when it finally happens, it’s just amazing.
“I was excited. There’s a lot of pressure when you’re wrestling. I won, and that’s what I felt.”
“I’m really happy for him,” Glendale coach Brian Storm said. “He’s a good person, a good student and a good wrestler. I think he deserved it.”
The victory was the exclamation point on a career in which McMillen wrestled in four state finals and became only the eighth District 6 wrestler in history to claim three titles.
“That’s awesome,” McMillen said of making history. “I work so hard for this and dedicate a lot to my life. Now I’m just trying to show that every time I step on the mat.”
McMillen lost 7-3 in the 113-pound finals as a freshman to Mount Union’s Josh Boozel, who handed the Viking all four of his losses, including the District 6 and Southwest Regional finals.
McMillen won his first state title as a sophomore at 126, reeling off three straight 3-2 decisions, including in the state finals against Bishop McDevitt’s Chase Shields. He won his second with a 5-1 tiebreaker win over Oswalt at 132.
“I used to come here when I was in the fifth and sixth grade when I was wrestling in PJWs,” McMillen said. “I looked at it then and said ‘That could be me some day.’ My freshman year, I didn’t get it done. Three years after that, I prepared and trained just looking at that moment, and it all worked out in the end.
Cambria Heights’ Ian Eckenrode finished out his career by placing seventh at 189 pounds.
McMillen reached the finals with a 16-0 technical fall over Lewisburg’s Logan Barlett in the quarterfinals and a 9-4 win over St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy’s Amonn Ohl in the semifinals.
It was again a familiar path to a title for McMillen, who outlasted Ohl, 5-3, in the district finals and in the Super Regional semifinals, 16-6. Ohl ended up placing third in Hershey.
“Ohl was very tough, too,” McMillen said. “I knew our region would do very well. He’s a great competitor, just like Ian. It was a lot of fun wrestling him also.”
While there was only one point scored in the finals, McMillen and Oswalt (24-3) found themselves rolling through a long flurry in the first period that produced no points.
“He’s such a good competitor. He’s tough to wrestle,” McMillen said of Oswalt. We were in a scramble for like the whole first period, where you didn’t know who was going to come out. I practice that a lot, so I got through that and I knew I was going to have to find another way to win.”
McMillen quickly escaped in the second period for the deciding point. Oswalt chose down for the third period looking for an escape to tie the bout. It never came.
McMillen used the crab ride effectively from the top position multiple times in the period to control and confound Oswalt. McMillen rode Oswalt out in the Viking senior’s 150th career bout. McMillen raised his record to 142-8.
“I thought he controlled the match,” Storm said. “It was just that the points weren’t there. He did what he could do and rode him out. I didn’t expect him to ride him out like that. I was nervous, but I don’t think he was at all. He just knew what he was doing.
“Brock was ready for that. He’s been working on top a lot. Maybe that was what he had in his head.”
McMillen jogged to his corner after his celebration and slapped hands with Storm.
“He’s happy,” Storm said, “and I’m so happy too for him. I hope he goes out and celebrates.”
McMillen isn’t done. The Vikings will be wrestling on Tuesday at Penns Valley in the semifinals of the District 6 Duals.
“I’ll probably be back in practice tomorrow training,” McMillen said.
Eckenrode opened with a 16-8 loss to Montoursville’s Cael Crebs, ranked No. 1 by PA Power Wrestling and a returning third-placer. Eckenrode continued his style of forcing the action until the end.
“It’s better to go after someone than to sit back,” Eckenrode said.
Halifax’s Bryce Enders beat Eckenrode, 7-2, in the consolation quarterfinals. Eckenrode dropped to the seventh-place bout, where he capped off his career by pinning Saucon Valley’s Ty Csencsits in 3:30.
The seventh-place bout was tied, 2-2, in the second when Eckenrode reversed Csencsits to his back for four points. Eckenrode scored two more back points for an 8-2 lead.
Down by five in the third, Csenscits tried a desperation cement mixer, but Eckenrode (19-5) defended, landed on top of him and got the fall.
“I’m probably not going to wrestle in college,” said Eckenrode, who will major in computer science at either Carnegie Mellon or Penn State, “so it’s good to end my career on a win.
“He wrestled three good matches,” Cambria Heights coach and grandfather Mike Eckenrode said. “Unfortunately he only won one of them, but it was nice to win the last one.”
Chestnut Ridge had two seventh-placers in juniors Ross Dull (126) and Luke Moore (152).
Philipsburg-Osceola’s Parker Moore placed eighth at 215.
TOP 1O TEAM STANDINGS
1. Notre Dame Green Pond 59; 2. Montoursville 54; 3. Burrell 53; 4. Southern Columbia 44.5; 5. Brookville 33; 6. Forest Hills 29; 7. Benton and Hamburg 28; 9. Hickory 27; 10. Reynolds 25.5.
106–Hornack, BURR, dec. Bainey, WB, 2-1; L. Gill, HICK, dec. Robison, SAEG, 5-2; 113–Pepe, WA, dec. Gardner, SW, 1-0; Bradley, A, dec. Bainey, BEA, 10-7; 120–Ungar, ND, dec. Steen, REY, 3-1; Gibson, BM, maj. dec. Reinsel, BROOK, 19-8; 126–Johnson, M, dec. Gramley, MIFF, 5-0; Fischer, SP, dec. Strickland, B, 2-1 TB; 132–Chletsos, ND, dec. Pierce, HC, 5-0; Arrington, FH, pinned Witmer, SJ, 2:43; 138–Oswalt, BURR, dec. Alderfer, FC, 2-0; McMillen, G, dec. Ohl, SJ, 9-4
145–Haines, BIG, maj. dec. Edmondson, SC, 11-3; Higley, SV, dec. Berger, REY, 6-3 TB; 152–D. Gimbor, HAM, dec. Deem, MONT, 9-5; Mackay, L, dec. Duggan, BS, 4-2; 160–Corrado, BURR, dec. B. Gimbor, HAM, 3-1; Bassett, MW, dec. Garcia, ND, 5-4 TB; 172–Lawrence, F, dec. Haubert, PAL, 1-0; DuVall, PV, dec. Garcia, SC, 3-1 TB; 189–Finch, SHEF, dec. Barnes, SC, 3-1 TB; Crebs, MONT, dec. Schultheiis, FA, 10-4; 215–Bennett, MONT, pinned Mahaffey, SV, 5:06; Pitzer, MP, maj. dec. Wickersham, T, 12-0; 285–Taylor, BROOK, dec. Swenski, BS, 5-1; Robell, BM, pinned Ulrich, MIFF, 3:54.
106–L. Gill, HICK, dec. Hornack, BURR, 6-2; 113–Pepe, WA, dec. Bradley, A, 3-2; 120–Ungar, ND, pinned Gibson, BM, 4:12; 126–Fischer, SP, dec. Johnson, M, 3-2; 132–Arrington, FH, dec. Chletsos, ND, 10-3; 138–McMillen, G, dec. Oswalt, BURR, 1-0
145–Haines, BIG, pinned Higley, SC, 2:19; 152–Mackay, L, dec. Gimbor, HAM, 1-0; 160–Corrado, BURR, pinned Bassett, MW, 6:20 OT; 172–Lawrence, F, dec. DuVall, PV, 9-7; 189–Crebs, MONT, pinned Finch, SHEF, 5:00; 215–Pitzer, MP, dec. Bennett, MONT, 6-1; 285–Taylor, BROOK, dec. Robell, BM, 5-3.
Outstanding Wrestler: Brett Ungar, 120 pounds.
106–Wentzel, MONT, dec. Smith, ND, 8-4; 113–Vargo, BENT, dec. Bainey, BEA, 2-0 OT; 120–Steen, REY, maj. dec. Reinsel, BROOK, 9-0; 126–Strickland, BENT, dec. Gramly, MIFF, 2-1 UTB; 132–Witmer, SJ, dec. Pierce, HC, 4-0; 138–Ohl, SJ, dec. Alderfer, FC, 2-0
145–Edmondson, SC, decc. Berger, REY, 3-2; 152–Duggan, BS, dec. Deem, MONT, 8-4; 160–Lear, BENT, decc. Gimbor, HAM, 3-2; 172–Garcia, SC, tech. fall Jones, SV, 15-0, 3:27; 189–Schultheis, FA, dec. Barnes, SC, 4-3 TB; 215–Wickersham, T, pinned Shelton, BS, 4:09; 285–Swenski, BS, dec. Schell, GIR, 7-0.
106–Robison, SAEG, dec. Bainey, WB, 3-1; 113–Beatty, MU, dec. Gardner, SW, 8-7 TB; 120–Barvitskie, SC, dec. Przybycien, FL, 3-2 UTB; 126–McLaughlin, GREEN, dec. Saylor, HICK, 3-1; 132–Wagner, LEW, dec. Wirnsberger, MEC, 4-2 OT; 138–Conner Harer, MONT, dec. Kreidler, ACC, 3-2
145–Duschek, BLACK, dec. Warshel, R, 11-4; 152–Yoder, NS, dec. Alexander, PJP, 1-0; 160–Weyandt, FH, dec. Garcia, ND, 4-0; 172–Haubert, PAL, dec. Barr, MCG, 5-4; 189–Enders, H, dec. Karpinski, GREEN, 5-2; 215–Reese, K, dec. Mahaffey, SV, 4-2 OT; 285–Ulrich, MIFF, dec. Stephens, MEY, 7-3.
106–Burke, BENT, dec. Harris, CE, 4-2; 113–Schweitzer, ND, pinned O’Neill, HICK, 1:19; 120–Kolb, BENT, dec. Davidson, HAM, 5-0; 126–Dull, CR, pinned Zeigler, WP, 4:41; 132–Heckman, MW, dec. McCollum, BC, 1-0; 138–Filer, M, dec. Barlett, LEW, 4-1
145–C. gill, HICK, dec. Frack, BH, 4-3; 152–Moore, CR, dec. Rimpa, FL, 3-0; 160–Casilio, JOHN, dec. Malnyk, CAR, 5-2; 172–Gush, M, dec. Church, FL, 7-4; 189–Eckenrode, CH, pinned Csenscits, SV, 3:30; 215–Linkerhof, COR, dec. Moore, PO, 2-1; 285–Beatty, MC, dec. Burkhart, HUGH, 4-2 TB.