Miles Patton, a survivor in wrestling and life

There were a few weeks this season when Miles Patton didn’t care much about how things went on the wrestling mat.

In fact, the Rochester Mayo graduate and University of Minnesota fourth-year wrestler didn’t care much about anything in the weeks that followed Oct. 6.

That was easy to understand. Oct. 6 was the day that his beloved mother, Bonita Patton, died at age 60 from breast cancer.

“I took off of practice for about a week after my mom died,” Patton said. “When I came back to practice, I was kind of zoned out. I just felt her loss. I’d get taken down at practice and I’d just sit there, thinking, ‘why do I want to get up?’” Continue reading at