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July 24, 2013

Proving ground

Miller satisfied with showing at national wrestling meet

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His high school coach, Kokomo’s Ryan Wells, was impressed.

“Fargo is by far the biggest high school national wrestling meet in the United States,” Wells said. “It’s the big one for sure. It’s a big deal just to make it. For him to go out there and get third, that’s pretty unbelievable.”

Miller wrestled at the same weight he did last high school season when he took second in the state at 220 pounds. He’s holding about the same weight, but feels more capable physically.

“The last couple months I feel like I’ve been making some pretty big leaps,” Miller said. “I’ve gotten a little bit bigger and stronger, and I’m practicing down at a place called CIA in Indianapolis [Central Indiana Academy of Wrestling]. That’s helped my technique a lot.”

Wells has seen improvement in just a few months.

“I wrestled with him right before state and I wrestled with him recently and he’s gotten so much better just in that time frame,” Wells said. “He just doesn’t take any days off. He lifts weight every single day, and he’s on the mat three to four times a week.

“He’s getting a lot better on his feet. His takedowns are unbelievable. For him being so big, his leg attacks are unreal. And his pinning combinations are getting better, too. He’s going out there and pinning top-level kids which is scary. His entire game is evolving. That’s a scary thing cause he was already pretty darn good.”

Miller is a football and wrestling standout for the Wildkats. There’s no question in his mind which is his primary sport.

“Wrestling, definitely,” he said. “I like going and competing. I like to win. It’s not always the most fun sport in practice, but when you go out there and get your hand raised [in victory], there’s not a whole lot in the world that feels better.”

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