by JOHN HOWLEY / sportingpumpkin.com
COLUMBUS — A weekend that started off with a lot of excitement came to a close with disappointment for Teays Valley’s Ava Miller.
The junior won by pin in the very first match in the inaugural OHSAA Girls State wrestling tournament on Friday. She came back in the quarterfinals to post a 10-4 decision.
The tournament concluded though with Miller dropping her last three matches to place sixth.
After losing her semifinal match 7-3 Saturday night, Miller lost an 11-2 major decision Sunday morning in the consolation semifinals and lost her sixth-place match getting pinned at 4:59.
“Disappointment,” was how Teays Valley coach Todd Nace described the way the tournament wrapped up. “I’m not disappointed in her, just the end result.”
She wraps up her season with a 35-9 record.
“We love Ava. We love her effort, and we love her attitude,” Nace said. “I feel for her. She took the little semi slide and ended up in sixth place.
“She’s a bright, shining star in our room all the time. She’ll bounce back, she’ll go into camps, she’ll go to Fargo, she’ll get better. We’re really proud of Ava.”