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January 16, 2014

Led by Miller, Kat wrestlers dominate TC

Led by Miller, Kat wrestlers dominate TC on senior night

In order to get him prepared for the upcoming state tournament, Kokomo wrestling coach Ryan Wells has alternated 220-pounder Fletcher Miller between the 220 and heavyweight classes this to allow Miller to see the best competition possible.

The Indiana University recruit did battle in one of his more notable challenges of the season Wednesday night, bumping up to 285 and topping Tri-Central’s Darius Stanley 15-3 as the Wildkats rolled past the Trojans 70-9 on senior night. Miller improved to 35-0 on the season, with 31 of those wins coming by pin.

“Fletcher is planning to wrestle heavyweight at IU, and it’s good to see those bigger kids to see that size and strength,” Wells said. “He gets to go out and outmove those bigger guys who don’t know how to handle his movement. It’s good to see those big, strong guys. The [Gelen] Robinson kid who beat him [in the state finals] last year is a big, strong kid, so we’re trying to get him as many looks as we can, and that’s exactly what we did [Wednesday] night. Stanley is a good, tough kids, and I Fletcher has a good match against him.”

Szhantrayle Robinson won by pin at 132 for the Kats, as did Wyatt Lowe at 138, DaShawn Barbary at 145, Chad Gaddis at 152, Keair Ross at 182 and Evan Heim at 195. Gaddis improved to 32-3 on the year with the win, while Ross picked up his pin in 12 seconds to up his season record to 27-3.

Jadin Wright (106), Scotty Barbary (126), Jesse Johnson (160), Nick Fox (170) and Brenton Etherington (220) all accepted forfeits for Kokomo, as well.

“It was senior night and our last home match of the season, so it was good to get a big win and have a nice feeling in our last dual of the season,” Wells said. “I feel like we’re starting to peak at the right time, as well as we can get everyone healthy and continuing to fine-tune their technique. Peaking in the next couple weeks is our goal, that that what’s important when the state series starts.”

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