MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Mamaroneck senior Ben Miller received an unexpected visit from older brother, Jack, as he prepared for the 39th Mamaroneck Tiger Wrestling Tournament.
Jack Miller, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, was matside throughout the day and watched as his younger brother wrestled an excellent match to win the 160-pound title Saturday.
Ben Miller decisioned Port Chester’s Justin Karas, 1-0, for his second consecutive Mamaroneck championship. It was the second milestone in the week for Miller. On Tuesday, Miller became the second Mamaroneck wrestler to register 100 varsity wins, joining James Watson.
“I was happy to have Jack home to watch me,” Miller said. “He was a such a motivating factor.”
Miller heard older brother yelling encouragement throughout the final as he and Karas locked up in a well-wrestled match. The point came on a Miller escape in the second period. In the first period, Miller countered his way out of a couple of Karas shot attempts.
“He had a great stance and was great at hand fighting,” Miller said. “He was getting his shots in. At the end of the first quarter I was saying to myself that I have to work on my neutral wrestling in practice.”
Miller escaped from bottom in the second position, then rode out Karas for two-plus minutes into the third period for the win. With eight seconds remaining in the match, Miller was assessed a stall warning. However, the referee did not stop the clock, to alert the scorer, so when time expired, Miller thought the match was over. Eight seconds was placed back on the clock so Miller had to do maintain his hold on Karas for an additional eight seconds.
“Last week, it happened in our match with Scarsdale,” Miller said. “I thought I had a take-down and the official gave me the two points, but then he took it away from me.”
“When they added the eight seconds, I was expecting him to do a roll so I just had to keep him on the mat,” Miller said. “This is my last Tiger tournament, representing Mamaroneck so going out and getting it done feels great.”
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.