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February 14, 2013

WRESTLING: Kokomo’s Miller, Ledford headed to state

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Kokomo coach Ryan Wells has seen Miller add to his arsenal.

“Fletcher, my gosh, he’s been a technical wrestler for a long time,” Wells said. “I think him getting so much bigger and stronger has helped him more than anything. He’s always been a solid technician but he’s just so much more physical and bigger and stronger now. At 220, guys just don’t know how to handle him at that weight class. The way he moves and creates angles and gets in on legs, these guys don’t know how to react to some of the things he’s doing because he wrestles like a 135-pounder.”

On Tuesday, Miller finished practice with intense sessions against three former Wildkat wrestlers who took turns working against him in short bursts of 30 seconds. Miller got more and more exhausted, and fresh 200-pound bodies kept rotating in. They’ve only practiced that way a few times this season, but it’s paid off.

“The point of that is to break you a little bit mentally, get you ready because in a match, if it goes long, you’re going to get tired at the end and you need to keep a good state of mind the whole time,” Miller said. “When you feel that in practice, that prepares you for when it’s going to happen in a match and you know how to deal with it. A lot of guys will break and shut down, but you have to deal with it and keep going.

“With all these guys in here helping me out, that really helps you fight through it in a match.”

Ledford, who moved to Kokomo as a junior after starting high school at North Judson, has had to develop that same kind of emotional courage to make the leap to state.

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