Like many athletes, Austin Mills developed his enthusiasm for wrestling at a young age, getting his first taste of the sport when he was just five years old. That encounter developed into a true passion for the sport.
“I love the competitiveness of it,” he said. “There’s a lot of conditioning that goes into it. You’re pretty much going non-stop for six minutes straight. That’s one thing that sets it apart.”
Mills continued to wrestle through middle school and on into high school, putting in as much time and effort into the off-season as he did during the regular season.
“I wrestle five days a week, for about two to three hours a day, year-round,” he said.
By the time he began wrestling at Louisa County High School, Mills was determined to leave his mark.
“I came into high school knowing I could do something at LCHS,” he said.
Mills set a goal for himself as a high school wrestler: to win a state championship before he graduated.
He got his first shot at the title as a freshman, finishing second in the regional tournament and qualifying for the state tournament in the 120-pound division. He finished in fifth place that year, but he knew he still had three more chances for the title.
He qualified for the state tournament in each of his remaining high school seasons, scoring a pair of regional championship titles along the way. Mills competed in the 120-pound division his sophomore season, the 145-pound division as a junior and the 152-pound division as a senior. He placed fourth in both his junior and senior seasons, but never achieved his goal of winning a state championship.
(Article by Joseph Haney)
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s June 6, 2019 issue.
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