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Older and wiser: Viking momentum checked by tough northern competition


The Viking wrestlers went north with the expectation of competition, some familiar and some new, and were not disappointed on any count. New faces, moves and losses were a shock to some of the boys, but by Monday they were hitting the mats hard again, preparing for the next round.

“A couple guys, they ran into some tough competition, but overall it was great for everybody,” Coach Dan Van Swearengen said. “Those guys from up north – they’re strong up there.”

It wasn’t just sheer strength that played into the uphill battles, he added, noting that numerous former state champions...

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