Miskell wrestles way to 4th place finish

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Cody Miskell, a senior at Grant County High School, spent two 16-hour days at the Alltech State Wrestling Tournament last weekend.


Both days, Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 began at 7 a.m. and lasted until 11:30 p.m. as Miskell competed against 32 other heavy weights from across Kentucky.

Miskell won all his matches the first day of the tournament. The second day he secured a spot in the top six by winning the two matches of the day. He then fell to Bobby Bryant in the third match.
Miskell did bring home a fourth place medal.

 “The state tournament was very straining and hard work. It took every bit of strength and training I had to win these matches. I felt like I was carrying all of Grant County on my shoulders. In my mind, all I could think was, Grant County WILL take a spot on that state podium. I will not go without a fight. I just wanted to leave it all on the mat and that’s just what I did,” Miskell said.

GCHS wrestling coach Matt Shearer guided Miskell in his quest for a state title.
Others who came out to Lexington Alltech Arena to support Miskell included, GCHS Athletic Director Steve Thompson, Assistant Coach Tony Hopper, Miskell’s parents, Joe and Christine Miskell and brothers, Johnathen and Joey Miskell, along with Sandra Lawson, Isaac Magee, Seth and Emily Shearer, Micheal Grandstaff and Brandon Hopper. Also, some of the youth wrestlers who came out were Bryant and Brady, and their parents, April Henson and Jose Fabella.

  Miskell will continue his training with Nick Spatola who owns Spatola Wrestling in Erlanger. He will also start training for MMA at Sons of Siam in Erlanger.

  "Cody has taken the three-year wrestling program further than he ever expected. Cody wrestled against guys who have been wrestling since they were in grade school in wrestling programs that have been established successful for 15 years or longer,” Shearer said.

“It takes a special athlete to do what Cody has done in three years. He is an example of what hard work, dedication and determination brings. I hope that future wrestlers will follow in Cody's footsteps but only time will tell,” Shearer said.

 This was Miskell’s second trip to the state tournament and he felt he had something to prove.
“Some of the wrestlers thought I would be intimidated by their size because they were bigger than me or because they had more experience than me. Boy, did they under estimate me. the bigger they were the harder I wrestled.” Miskell said.

“I hope I made my county, school, coaches, wrestlers and my family proud. I gave it all I had and that is all anyone could ask for. I am happy with fourth place,” he added.