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Get with the program

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Wrestling Preview 1Wrestling Preview 2

The list of names continues to grow.
The Millington Trojan Wrestling program has been moving forward under the leadership of Head Coach William Richardson. The veteran coach and his staff  have guided athletes like JT Taylor, Jamario Erving, and the Robinson brothers Rodney and Devante just to name a few have either won Region title or reached State.
Last year Luke Walker added his name to the Millington wrestlers reaching State. Returning for his senior season, Walker is moving up to 195 and is eyeing another trip to the final tournament of the year.
“Hopefully we’ll see that trend continue,” Richardson said. “You never know, you have to go out there and do it. I don’t see any reason why it couldn’t. I see us taking at least six. I can see us winning the Region. We have to stay healthy and pick up a few of those football players.”
Several Trojan Football players have expressed interest in coming out for the wrestling team like Kieontae Price, Angelo Pirtle, Paul Robinson and Patrick Macon.
Last year Trojan defensive lineman Quinton Harrison joined the wrestling team and made strides as a heavyweight. Richardson said Harrison could be one of the this year’s Trojans who could reach State in 2014.
In 2012-13 Millington took nine athletes to Regionals with six reaching State. One of those wrestlers was Scottie Thomas. He has graduated and his younger brother Sharif is ready to take his spot at State.
Other Trojans to watch out for are Jaxon Look, Sean Srock, Luis “Handi” Hernandex, Will Solomon, William Fontain and Brandon Carmichael.
“He’s going to be good,” Richardson said. “He was one match away from placing last year. You’ve got about seven to nine ready to take that next step.”
Richardson also noted to expect big things out of Walker with his experience and skill level moving up a weight class. Walker has the size, strength and ability to stay near the top of 195. Up a few classes in 285, if Robinson and Harrison are both on the squad, they can push each other to the top in the area.
“Both of them have the potential to win the Region,” Richardson said. “It’s going to be fun watching those two get after it during practice.”
Richardson said from the heavyweights to his 110-pound wrestler, all the Trojans will work in practice and toward the goal of keeping Millington Wrestling at an elite level.
“Go to work everyday,” he concluded. “That’s what we’re going to do. We’re here from 2:45 to 6 p.m. everyday. My job is to make them better by the end of the year. And that’s what I do. They will be better in February than when they came in here in November.”

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