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Exchange team gives local wrestlers taste of international sport – at home


October 10, 2017

JUSTIN KURTZ, right, battles Daniel Briers-Louw in a 63-69-kg.Greco match.

Sweet Home wrestlers got a taste of foreign competition Sunday night in a 35-match dual meet pitting a team from South Africa with Valley all-stars, including several Sweet Home wrestlers.

The night was full of smiles, goodwill – and talent on the mats.

“We have a long-standing cultural exchange program that we have been doing with South Africa for many years,” said Head Wrestling Coach Steve Thorpe. “South Africa is coming here, we sent a team that I coached in 2015, they came here in 2014, we sent a team in 2012, they came here in 2010, they sent a team in 2009.

“I mean...

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