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Mabton grapplers place nine at White Swan invite

WHITE SWAN - With four-time defending state 1A wresting champ Warden looming this Thursday, Mabton wrestling coach John Kilian was concerned.

"We needed to wrestle someone and get rid of the butterflies before we took on the big dogs," he said.

Kilian found his "someone" in the form of White Swan's wrestling invitational on Saturday.

Team scores were not kept. But the top three athletes in each weight division earned medals and Mabton brought home its share of hardware to kick off the 2005-06 campaign.

"It was pretty nice, a real low key exhibition," Kilian said of the five-team meet.

The Vikings' Andy Torres posted a 2-0 record to take first at 125 lbs. Torres defeated teammate Luis Aviles for the championship, earning Aviles second-place in the weight class.

Eli Perez took first at 215 with a 2-0 record and Robert Marquez did the same at 275 pounds.

Second at 112 pounds was Eric Meza. "He's only a freshman, he's got a promising future," Kilian said of Meza.

Vicente Tovar and Cesar Macedo brought home second-place medals at 160 and 171, respectively.

Also earning a medal in the 171-lb. weight class was Adrian Magana. Damien Marquez was third at 189.

"It was a nice way to give some of the younger kids experience without getting in way over their heads," Kilian said of the tourney.

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