"You have to do that because of the top quality kids that you're going to hit in the quarters and the semis," he added.
Mironenko, who got takedowns in the first and third periods, giving up just an escape, also took a look back, to last week's frustrations, where he let referees' calls, or non-calls, work on him.
"I needed to not let the refs get in my head. I let them get in my head a little bit last week, but I need to realize that I need to control the controllables instead of letting the non-controllables control me," he said.
Mironenko conceded that because of his state title last season, opponents are wrestling him different this year. "I definitely can tell a lot of people give their best, and go after you."
Mironenko said that is the way it should be.
And now he and his wrestling buddy are each three wins from repeating as champions.
Next up are the quarterfinals starting at 9 this morning, with the semis at 6:30 p.m.