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Millhof transfers to Collins Hill wrestling

Ryan Millhof

Ryan Millhof

Ryan Millhof's only loss last season was to childhood friend Sean Russell in the Class AAAAA state finals.

This season the pair will be teammates.

Millhof, a sophomore this fall, transferred from second-year program Archer to state power Collins Hill.

"We feel that Ryan will achieve greater goals both academically and socially by attending Collins Hill High School," said Ryan's father Ronnie Millhof. "By being at a bigger school with more students we feel Ryan is offered more classes which will fit what he wants to do in life."

Millhof, who won county and region titles, posted a 56-1 record, with the lone loss coming to Russell in the 103-pound state finals.

Millhof joins a Collins Hill program that has been the state's best in recent years. The Eagles have won the last four Class AAAAA traditional and dual state championships. Collins Hill has traveled to compete in some of the country's top tournaments, earning it a No. 30 ranking in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News last season.

"The program speaks for itself and when you add their schedule in with their academics, it simply gives Ryan a better opportunity to reach his goals and that is to get into the best college possible upon graduation," Millhof said.

Collins Hill is scheduled to compete in a tough national schedule this season. The Eagles will travel to the prestigious Ironman in Ohio and the Cheesehead in Wisconsin. They will also go back to the PowerAde Tournament and Midwest Classic.

The addition of Millhof gives Collins Hill a good shot a repeating this season. The Eagles have six state placers returning, including Russell as state champ and Drew Ferguson-Mitchell, Sean Rickman and Steven Bradtmueller as runner-ups.

"As far as wrestling with Collins Hill, you can't go wrong with the practice partners Ryan will have and the national schedule he will wrestle," Millhof said.