‘Tragic and devastating’: Husker wrestler killed in overnight crash

The Nebraska Athletic Department is deeply saddened to confirm that Husker junior wrestler Christian Miller was tragically killed in a car accident on Thursday morning in Lincoln.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A Nebraska wrestler and his friend were killed in a fiery early morning crash in south Lincoln on Thursday.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. near 27th and Sewell St.

Husker junior wrestler Christian Miller and his friend, Max Hughes, were in a car that police say was speeding before it lost control and struck a tree.

The car had extensive damage and burst into flames as officers approached.

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Police say bystanders tried to help, with some attempting to put out the flames with a garden hose and fire extinguisher.

Miller, 21, a native of Plainview, Neb., competed for the Husker wrestling program for four seasons.

Miller was a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He was a four-time state champion at Plainview High School and had a 169-2 high school career record for Coach Dean Boyer. He was also a two-time state qualifier in cross country at Plainview High.

The following are statements from Head Coach Mark Manning and Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos.

Statement from Nebraska Wrestling Coach Mark Manning:

“This is a tragic and devastating loss for everyone who knew and loved Christian. My thoughts are with his family and I pray for them in their time of grief. Christian was a young man full of energy with a bright future ahead of him. As the father of four myself, I struggle to process someone being taken from us at such a young age. It will take time for us to begin to heal as a wrestling family. We will promise to bond together as a team to honor Christian’s memory by living life to its fullest and competing as hard as possible on the mat.”

Statement from Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos:

“Our thoughts, prayers and support are with Christian Miller’s family and friends during this difficult time. As an athletic department we will do everything we can to help them through this immeasurable loss. We understand this tragedy will have a deep impact on our wrestling program, including Christian’s teammates, Coach Manning and his staff. We will provide any necessary support and resources for the young men in our wrestling program and other student-athletes as they cope with the loss of a friend and teammate.”

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