- High School
- Severn, Md.
- Current Team
Gills overcame a slow start to put forth an excellent day in a big Crabs win at the NLF Fall Invitational. Since then, he’s taken to absolutely dummying just about anyone in his path in the MIAA. That includes a phenomenal 13-for-15 day when Severn took out Boys’ Latin, which gave a glimpse at Gills’ ability to take over a game. Also an all-MIAA wrestler at 170 pounds, Gills uses leverage well, and he has an advanced understanding of counters and how to adapt on the fly.
At the NLF Fall Invitational, Gills bolstered that résumé even further. Locked in a tight battle with another high-level ’24 prospect in Laxachusetts‘ Jackson Henehan (Thayer, Mass.), Gills was flat-out dominant in the second half to help the Crabs pull away with an 11-5 win in a battle of two of the NLF’s founding members.
Henehan had the upper hand in the first half, pulling away five of the eight battles. The two have gone up against each other a handful of times, and that familiarity helped Gills establish a second-half plan to counter what Henehan brought to the table. The end result? A torrid 8-for-10 run that coincided with the Crabs outscoring Laxachusetts, 8-2, in the second half.
“I went against him in the summer and I just changed from going to a plunger clamp and kind of rotating down over the ball and going to a quick clamp, then getting the ball and exiting there,” Gills said. “I think winning (the faceoffs) and getting the ball to my wings helped the rhythm of the game. If I popped it out to myself, (Henehan) was doing a good job of getting on my hands, so the wings helped a lot.”