Greg Miller poised to lead Pirate Wrestling Team this year

The Garaway Wrestling Team includes: Front (left to right) - Devan Petitte, Braden Maurer, Jordan Yoder, Jeran Hayes, Cameron Schlabach, Ian Scott, Kyle Schlabach; Jared Swartzentruber; back (left to right)) - Cory Gerber, Spencer Miday, Garrett Hershberger, Dylan Hershberger, Kory Stress, Leighton Raber, Cody Hostetler, Christian Wright. (Photo by Bev Keller)

* This story originally appeared in The Budget’s 2017-2018 Winter Sports Preview

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Greg Miller has put in countless hours as a coach at Garaway, most notably with the football program. This winter he will be taking the title of head coach to lead the Garaway Pirate Wrestling team in pursuit of excellence.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead this group of athletes and continue to grow the
program and influence young men in a positive way,” Miller shared. “Our goal is to work as hard as we can to put ourselves in the best position to be successful.”

To do that, Miller noted that control will be key. “We want to focus on controlling all of the
controllables and having good responses when faced with situations that are out of our
control,” he stated.

For Miller that skill set starts with himself. “My personal goals are to make sure that I am holding myself accountable to the things that I am teaching the team, controlling the controllables and having good responses,” he explained. “Another goal is to work as hard as I can to be a good motivator so that I can make sure my wrestlers are in the best position possible to be successful.”

When it comes to team goals, Miller noted that progress is important. “My goals for the team are that we continue to get better every day, that we are working hard and bringing intensity to every practice and that we are in a position to make a run at the State Tournament. Another goal I have is to make a return trip to the regional semi-final in the dual team state tournament.”

This year’s team includes a total of seven returning lettermen. They are: Kyle Schlabach, Devan Petitte, Christian Wright, Dylan Hershberger, Leighton Raber, Kory Stress and Cody Hostetler.

“From this group there are two returning District qualifiers, Christian Wright and Dylan
Hershberger,” Miller stated. “I am excited to see what they will do this year. I expect them to be reliable contributors to the team. Kory Stress and Leighton Raber were not in the line up at the end of the season last year but they would have been District Qualifiers as well if they would have been in the line-up, so I expect the same from them as I do from Dylan and Christian. I honestly feel like all seven of my returning lettermen are more than capable of qualifying for the District Tournament and from there, they just need to wrestle.”

In looking at the team individually speaking, Miller noted there are several to watch this year in terms of up and coming talent. They include freshman Garett Hershberger, sophomore Jeran Hayes, and juniors Ian Scott and Cameron Schlabach. There are no seniors on this year’s team.

Looking at the team’s schedule, the annual Peg Leg Scuffle will take place in late January.

On the middle school side, a Middle School Melee is planned for December 23.