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Norwin’s Miller signs with Pitt-Johnstown wrestling

by NATHAN SMITH
| Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:00 p.m.
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Norwin junior Kevin Miller (left) wrestles during the Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 7, 2013, at Gateway High School.
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Norwin wrestler Kevin Miller signed his letter of intent to attend Pitt-Johnstown last week.
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Norwin junior Kevin Miller (left) wrestles during the Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 7, 2013, at Gateway High School.
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Nathan Smith | Trib Total Media
Norwin wrestler Kevin Miller signed his letter of intent to attend Pitt-Johnstown last week.

Norwin senior wrestler Kevin Miller knew he wanted to wrestle at the college level since he was 5 years old.

Now he is going to get the chance. Miller signed his letter of intent with NCAA Division II’s Pitt-Johnstown last week during the NCAA’s early signing period.

“It is pretty close to home,” Miller said. “It isn’t right here but it is close enough that I can get back if I need to. The program has stuck out to me for years. The coaches there are hard nosed and they make their wrestlers tough.”

Pitt-Johnstown is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Division II division with East Stroudsburg, Gannon, Kutztown, Merychurst, Millersville, Seton Hill and Shippensburg. The Mountain Cats are coming off a 13-2 record in the 2013-14 season. Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Percora has led the team since 1976, coaching 20 NCAA Regional champions and receiving 14 NCAA Regional “Coach of the Year” honors.

Norwin alum Heath Coles also wrestles for the team. Miller said he plans on studying civil engineering when he arrives on campus next year.

Miller finished with a 19-9 record at 120 pounds as a junior. He reached the WPIAL Class AAA Southwest Championships but was unable to move on to states.

“I am always moving forward,” said Miller, who wrestlers for the Young Guns wrestling club. “I wrestled a lot this summer. I am always going because I ant to make it to states.”

Heading into his senior season with the Knights, Miller said he has a new focus. He plans on pushing himself harder this season knowing this is his last chance.

“My dedication is better,” Miller said. “In other years, I would be OK with missing a practice or two. Now I don’t want to miss anything.”

With practices kicking off this week and his future destination figured out, Miller said his focus is to now make it to Hershey and place at the PIAA championships.

“The ultimate goal is to make it to states and place in the top eight,” Miller said.

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at nsmith@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.

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