Miles brothers hope to go the distance
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
DENVER ” Whether wrestling a steer, a human being, or each other, brothers Cody and Tyler Miles can more than hold their own.
And the Grand Valley High School wrestlers are relishing the chance to showcase their prowess against humans at the Class 2A state meet in Denver.
Storming through their respective brackets ” Cody, a senior, wrestles at 160 pounds; Tyler, a sophomore, wrestles at 152 ” have four pins between them en route to berths in today’s finals.
The two, who have taken to the mat since they were practically infants, have six state title appearances between them. And that number figures to go up in Tyler’s final two years of school.
Tonight, they hope to add state titles to their already impressive postseason ledger.
“Oh gosh, that’d be awesome,” Tyler said. “I couldn’t imagine.”
But there’s more to wrestling when it comes to these two.
The tough brothers are jacks of many trades, wrestling steers (and participating in just about every other rodeo event possible) in the summer and playing football in the fall.
All are sports that rely heavily on strength. But it’s rodeo and wrestling that seem to intertwine the most, according to the Mileses.
“They help each other a lot,” said Cody, who along with his brother grew up around horses and the arena. “They’re both individual sports. Wrestling helps rodeo in that it’s individual. It makes you more determined to win.”
Added Tyler: “Whenever you do lose, you can’t really blame it on anyone except yourself.”
So, is wrestling a steer tougher than wrestling a person?
Not really, Cody claims. It’s just different.
“Wrestling a steer is a lot faster than wrestling a person,” Cody said. “Wrestling a person takes a lot more endurance.”
Cody and Tyler are pretty good at wrestling people. Through Friday, Cody
held a season record of 38-3, while Tyler was 34-4.
That’s no shock, given how competitive they are. Because the two are so close in size, they often grapple against one another in practice. Those matches can get a little brutal at times, Tyler admitted.
“It’s really competitive,” he said with a grin. “We only got into one fight this year, I think. It gets pretty intense.”
Who usually wins?
“He usually beats me,” Tyler said of his older brother. “I’ll get lucky every once in a while.”
As competitive as they are in practice, Cody and Tyler stand behind each other in competitions.
“I’d rather lose than see him lose,” Tyler said. “I don’t like to see him lose.”
Neither brother wants to see the other brother lose in tonight’s finals, which kick off for all classes at 7 p.m.
With Grand Valley in the running for the 2A team title, either Miles would trade an individual title for a team title.
“We want to win the team title for our coach [Rick Gallegos],” Cody said. “To bring the first wrestling state championship to Grand Valley.”
Just maybe they can bring home both team and individual titles.
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