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IOC youth wrestlers continue to have success

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Submitted photo – IOC youth wrestling coach Cass Bell pictured with some of his wrestlers at last weekend’s big tournament in Reno.

The future of wrestling in Arcata appears to be in good shape.

The Institute of Combat youth wrestlers continued their impressive season last weekend with another big showing at the Rocky Mountain National’s  Rumble in Reno, taking home a pair of national champion belts.

Five IOC wrestlers made the trip along with head coach Cass Bell, with two of them placing first in their brackets.

Donald Hostler won at 113 pounds, and Taylor Bell won at 49 pounds.

In addition to the championship belts, the Arcata club also took home four medals.

Taylor Bell also took a second place in the 55-pound division, while Kaidan Bell placed fourth at 65 pounds, despite being the youngest wrestler in one of the largest brackets.

Tanner Baxter, who wrestled despite being sick that day, placed third and fourth in two separate weight classes, while Talon Howes, a first-year wrestler, challenged himself by registering for two different weight groups in his first large tournament, going 1-4  against tough competition.

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