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Vikings prep for solid season on the mats

Two talented wrestlers graduated from Colton High School last season. Calvin Hayes and Brennan Olsen both will be missed on the team, but the Vikings return to the mats with a strong core of wrestlers this season.

The Vikings still have plenty of talent left over, said Coach Kerry Benthin, who moves into his 19th year of coaching.

“Charlie [Gilpin] looks really solid,” Benthin said. “He’s a good leader. He works hard and is positive.”

Tony Hayes also returns this year. Last year, he didn’t quite reach his full potential, Benthin said. “I’m hoping this year he breaks through.”

Scott-Michael Germany and Nick Finch also return. “Both played football and are now trying to get into wrestling shape,” Benthin said.

Overall, the Vikings are looking at another solid year. Their district meet is at home as well, which may help them reach state.




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