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A wrestling comeback

Angie Frederickson
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Kinkaid middle-school wrestling team

Kinkaid middle-school wrestling team

After several years of fielding small teams, this year’s Kinkaid middle-school wrestling team (pictured) has 18 members and placed second at the Houston Middle School City Championship. This impressive finish, including half of the team finishing in the top three, is the best in any coach’s memory, and teammates are excited about continuing their newfound momentum. When they reach high school, the boys hope to continue wrestling for The Kinkaid School’s varsity team, which recently has sent wrestlers on to the United States Naval Academy, Princeton University, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The winning wrestlers and their coaches are (top row, from left) Takori Bradford, Parker Herleth, Kavin Mukerji, Ben Pielop, Morgan Tannery, Gregory Otjen, coach Justin Flores, Pierce Hicks, Ben Turner, Graham Erwin, David Suttles, Thomas Leman, coach Tony Dobson, (bottom row, from left) Huxley Johnson, and Connor Hanson; (not pictured): Charles Davis, Hale Muir, Jordan Garcia, Kush Hingorani, Nathan Segal, coach John Beckwith, and coach Bobby Eggleston.

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