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Clyde's Minnick and Miller open with wins

Flier duo will wrestler quarterfinal matches today
Kelsey Pence
Feb 27, 2014

When Beau Minnick wins, Blake Miller wins.

It may seem superstitious, but it’s a trend the Clyde duo have come to expect, having grown up wrestling a weight class apart.

Minnick (145) and Miller (152) both won their opening bouts pretty easily Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Division II state meet at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center.

“The first match is always the most important,” Minnick said after posting a 9-4 decision over Akron St. Vincent St. Mary senior Walt Gibson. “My elbow pass and my high crotch have been my bread and butter.”

Miller stepped on the mat immediately following Minnick, and didn’t disappoint.

“Usually whenever he wins, I win. I don’t know why but it always happens like that,” Mille said. “It felt good to get my first 'W' down here. I feel like I am always nervous, but it makes me wrestle better. When I get more nervous I go out there with fire.”

Miller pinned Newark Licking Valley’s Ethan Fout with one minute, eight seconds remaining in the second period.

“I didn’t anticipate it being that fast,” Miller said. “I thought he was going to be a pretty decent kid. He was young, probably his first time down here. Figured I would just show him what it’s like.

“I feel like I am a lot stronger then every kid I wrestle usually, so just being physical and getting in their head was working right away.”

Miller and Minnick have been wrestling alongside one another since kindergarten. Their farewell tour has been a fun one for coach Rob Jennings.

“These guys got us off to a great start this weekend,” Jennings said. “They’ve always been one weight class apart. To see them qualify as freshman and then have some lumps in the road up until this point, to see them overcome some adversity and have the opportunity they’ve got this weekend is pretty special. Hopefully we can make the most of it.”

Minnick will face Uhrichville’ Claymont’s Caden Herron in today’s quarterfinals, while Miller will take on Indian Lake’s Reyse Wallbrown.

“It’s definitely nice having been down here before,” Minnick said. “I know what the atmosphere is like and I am not as nervous.”