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Carl Albert’s Miller becomes four-time state placer

Carl Albert’s Kasen Miller wrestles in the Class 5A 138-pound finals on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

OKLAHOMA CITY – Kasen Miller joined the ranks of the best wrestlers in Carl Albert history.

The senior became the school’s fifth four-time state placer as he finished runner-up Saturday in the Class 5A wrestling state championships at Jim Norrick Arena.

Miller reached the 5A 138-pound finals with a pair of falls. In the finals, Miller faced Chickasha’s Dylan Bratt, who he lost to a week ago in the regional finals. Miller fell behind in the first period and couldn’t recover in a 9-4 loss.

“I knew he was tough and thought I could beat him, but it didn’t go my way,” Miller said. “It’s bittersweet because it’s nice to be a four-time state placer but it’s not how I wanted to finish it.”

Miller placed fourth as a freshman and was runner-up the past three seasons. Last year, he helped the Titans win the 5A state championship.

“This was a tough one for sure,” said coach Curt Hodges. “Kasen has been so good for his four years with us. Becoming a four-time state placer is a great accomplishment, but he really wanted to win an individual state title. That was the only missing piece.”

Hodges said Miller has played a key role in the Titans’ resurgence.

“He ranks among the best to come out of the program for sure. He has helped make our program one of the top in Class 5A, and we can’t thank him enough.”

Freshman Cash Wiley also made it to the medal stand Saturday night as he placed third at 126 pounds. After losing in the semifinals, Wiley came back to win his last two matches for third.

“It feels good to place at state,” he said. “I worked hard all year, and it feels good to get respect for what I’ve been doing.”
Hodges was thrilled by Wiley’s performance at state.

“Cash Wiley lost a one-point match to the eventual state champ in the semis, so he was really close to being in the finals,” he said. “I know he was disappointed because finishing third was not his goal.

Wiley has been a standout all year.

“Winning 35 matches as a freshman, placing at every tournament this year was a great start for him,” Hodges said. “He is just getting started.”

Seniors Brock Johnson and Layton Leavitt and sophomore Brayden Mixay were each one match short of placing.

“Both Brock and Layton are seniors. We are really proud of them. Both are very important to our success this year. They were so close to getting into the medal match for third. Brayden Mixay has qualified two years in a row now. This is a good motivator for him for next year. He doesn’t miss practice, does a lot of the little things to improve, so I know he is looking forward to next year,” Hodges said.

Junior Cruz Young also competed at state but lost a tough match in the opening round.

“Cruz Young has been terrific in his first season with us,” Hodges said. “He won 25 plus matches and was really close to winning the wrestle in match. He just got better each week. We are excited for him next year.

Cash Wiley wrestles at the Class 5A state tournament on Thursday, Feb. 22. Photo by Jeff Harrison

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