IA Wrestle: You finished runner-up as a sophomore this past season. What are your thoughts on that match with Josh Portillo?

Michael Millage: It was a hard fought match and it obviously didn’t end the way I wanted but I feel like I controlled most of the match and wrestled until the whistle blew.

Are you a wrestler that likes to use matches like that as motivation or do you try and put it behind you and have a short memory about it?

I always use it as motivation, but I’m not gonna sit and dwell on it. It’s always what’s next and what I have to do to change and make sure losses like that don’t ever happen again.

You went out to FloNationals in Pennsylvania where you took second. What are your thoughts at finishing runner-up at a national tournament like FloNationals?

It was a great atmosphere and a fun tournament. Again, it came down to the last 30 seconds or so but it was a great learning process and a great way to make a name for myself. More importantly I got to knock off some east coast kids!

Who are some of the people that have gotten you to where you are today?

My family has really given up a lot to help me get to were I am, but also Jaime Gray and Jake Agnitsch (of Elite Takedown Club) have helped me start the path to reaching my goals and have helped me throughout my wrestling. They play a big role in my life and I appreciate everything they do.

What are your summer wrestling plans, if any?

I’ll be going to UWW Cadet Nationals and trying to make the world team, also Northern Plains, freestyle state, and Fargo.

What are your goals for the remaining two seasons?

Not losing another match for the rest of my high school career and more importantly getting two more titles

What weight will we see you at this summer, and what weight do you think you will wrestle next season?

I’m looking towards 120 for most of the summer and I’ll be wrestling 54kg at UWWs. Next season depending how big I get I’ll probably be wrestling 120-126.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle