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Cody Miskell wrestled his way to the state tournament last weekend with a win in the heavy weight division over Newport, Ryle and Dixie Heights.
Miskell, a senior at Grant County High School, had no losses in the regional tournament on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9. He’s the first Grant County wrestler to place number one at regionals.
He will be the only wrestler from GCHS to move on to state competition on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Miskell has competed for the three years that GCHS’s wrestling program has been in place.
He spent his summer training at Ohio State, Simon Kenton and Spatola Wrestling.
He said he owes a large part of his success to his coach, Matt Shearer.
“He has been an inspiration and support for the whole team. He encourages us but pushes us to be all we can be,” Miskell said.
This will be his second appearance at the state tournament, where he will be wrestling heavy weights from Region 8.
In order to qualify for the state meet, Miskell had to win individually at the regional tournament.
If a wrestler losses twice, the wrestler is out of the tournament. Each athlete wrestles at least five times. There were 12 schools with each school having 12 weight divisions with one wrestler per weight division per school. There are eight regions in Kentucky.
Grant County is in Region 6, which is one of the toughest and includes schools such as Dixie Heights, Campbell County, Boone County, Simon Kenton, Ryle, Newport, Cooper, Conner, Scott, Holmes High School and Walton Verona.
Each wrestler in each weight class worked to win one of four top spots in order to move on to the state tournament. At least one wrestler from a school must make it to a top four spot in their weight class. If a school doesn’t have any wrestlers that place in the top four, that school is eliminated from going to the state tournament.
Grant County had six athletes earn sixth place honors. They were Luke Ingrassellino, Devon Ingrassellino, Brandon Hopper, Joey Roundtree, Logan Willoughby, Marcus Rayburn.
As a team, Grant County placed eighth, scoring 77 points.
Miskell’s goal for this weekend is to bring home a first place trophy for GCHS from state before he graduates. He does plan to continue his wrestling at the collegiate level.
He’ll be using a motto he learned from Shearer, which is “no pain, no gain.”