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November 19, 2013

H.S. wrestling: MIfflinburg's Mironenko choose to wrestle at North Dakota State

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And the sport which was once his favorite, well, he will get to spend Saturday afternoons watching a college team that won the FCS national championship last season are ranked No. 1 again as they head back to the playoffs.

"I was leaning toward football a lot and then I figured out that if you are not as tall as everybody else, (Mironenko is 6-foot-1)…they can teach you everything else, but they can't teach you to be taller, and they can't teach you to be faster."

He said there was not a lot of interest in him for football during the visits he took.

"It did take me back, but it came down to being able to get a good education and wrestle, or paying more money to be able to play football," Mironenko said.

"I really wanted to (play football), but I came to the realization that it's not the best thing to do," he added.

In addition to the down-home feel he got from North Dakota, Mironenko said the wrestling style fits his own very well.

"They like to bang heads, there is no pussy-footing around," he said.

"From now on it's straight wrestling and I'm not going to worry about anything else."

That will begin in a few weeks, when he gets back on the high school mats to try to repeat his state title from two seasons ago, and erase the memory of last year, when a disqualification in Hershey cost him a chance at a repeat.

Mironenko was 78-7 the last two seasons.

He will have to sit out the season-opening event, the Top Hat Tournament in Williamsport, because of the disqualification.

"I want to bounce back from last year, work hard, don't complain about anything," he said.

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