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Borst to fill Pioneers' wrestling post

By Tommy Keeler Jr. -- tkeeler@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Millbrook athletic director Chris Garber wanted to find someone who would be just as dedicated to the wrestling program has Chris Haines had been.

She didn't have to look to far.

Millbrook JV wrestling coach John Borst fit Garber's qualifications and was hired as the new head varsity coach last week at the Frederick County Board of Supervisor's meeting.

"He's put in the time here and he's been a big part of the coaching staff," Garber said. "We really hate to lose Chris [Haines], but John's been a big supporter of the program over the years. I know with him in charge the program will continue to grow."

Borst said he's always had a love of wrestling, even though injuries kept him from wrestling in high school. Borst was the JV assistant wrestling coach at James Wood Middle School from 1997-2003.

When Millbrook opened in 2003, Borst came to the school as an agriculture teacher and took over the JV wrestling program when Haines became head varsity coach in 2004. When Haines left at the end of last season to move to Pennsylvania, Borst felt it was a perfect opportunity for him.

"I've been coaching for quite a few years and I felt it was the next logical step," Borst said. "Haines was one of the best coaches to come out of our area and I've learned quite a bit from him."

Haines took over the program in the school's second year of existence and guided it into one of the best programs in the area. Over the last four years Millbrook has finished no worse than 10th in the Group AA state tournament. Five different wrestlers have won a combined six individual state titles and the Pioneers have captured the last two Region II titles.

Borst said he doesn't plan on changing much with the program.

"We're going to have the same goals, the same wrestling styles," Borst said. "Our goals never change. We want to win every match that we are in."

Borst said he has talked to many of the returning wrestlers and they seem excited about him taking over the program and the upcoming season. Borst said the Millbrook Madmen Wrestling Club, which was started by Haines and includes several wrestlers from throughout the area, just finished its season and had another strong year. Millbrook also had a good turnout for its summer camp and offesason conditioning workouts, Borst said.

The Pioneers lose two-time individual state champion Derrick Borlie, who will attend the University of Wisconsin this fall, but Borst said he still feels good about the Pioneer's upcoming season.

Haines stuck around this summer so he could help with the club and the summer camp and Garber said it's that type of leadership that she's looking for in a coach.

"It's nice to have such a dedicated coaching staff and certainly John's been a part of that," she said.

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