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Bateman places fourth at national event

by: David Ball Sandy's Kyle Bateman finished fourth at last week's national freestyle tournament.

Sandy wrestler Kyle Bateman took fourth at the Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, ND, last week, finishing his 160-pound cadet bracket with a 5-2 record.

He opened the tournament with falls in his first three bouts before falling to eventual runner-up Dustin Fuller of Iowa 6-0, 4-3 in the semifinals. He battled back with a 6-0, 4-1 in the consolation round to earn a spot in the tournament's third-place match.

The tournament is played in a best-of-three rounds format.

Barlow's Mick Dougharity took fifth in the 215-pound junior bracket for the Greco-Roman tournament.