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Lone Wildcat wrestler prepares for his first year on mats

Veteran wrestling coach Bill Gifford and assistant Martin Olsen will coach a sole Banner County wrestler this season, newcomer Deven Sullivan.

Sullivan, wrestling at 145, practices every weekday after school, according to Gifford, but practices look a bit different with just one grappler.

"Practices contain a lot of technique and drilling without live wrestling," Gifford said. "Conditioning is a big part of the practice."

While Sullivan will benefit from a lot of one-on-one time with Gifford, who brings 18 years coaching experience to the mats, there are few other pros to practicing solo.