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Cruz, Martinez titlists at wrestling tournament

BENTON CITY - Mabton Lil Vikings team members Dante Cruz and Rafael Martinez nabbed weight division titles at this past Saturday's youth wrestling tournament in Benton City.

Cruz won top honors in the 7/8-year-old 98-lb. division. Martinez claimed the title of the 9/10-year-old 119-lb. class.

The two youngsters were among the seven team members who garnered "top three" honors at the invite. All told, the Mabton youth wrestling club only took 13 grapplers to the tourney.

Mabton's second place finishers at Benton City included Desany Guerrero in the 7/8-year-old 79-lb. division, Ventura Rodriguez in the 5/6-year-old 46-lb. division and Danny Vargas in the 11/12-year-old 83-lb. division.

Third place finishers for the Mabton team were Deiree Zavala in the 7/8-year-old 59-lb. class and Vesente Mireles in the 9/10-year-old 62-lb. division.

The Mabton Lil Vikings also had three grapplers who secured a fourth place finish. They were Gilbert Martinez (7/8-year-old 48-lbs., Brittnee Guerrero (5/6-year-old 52-lbs.) and Andrew Martinez (13/14-year-old 95-lbs.

The Mabton youngsters will wrap up their winter/spring season at the Jason Crawford Tournament this coming Saturday.

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