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Lone Wildcat wrestler prepares for his first year on mats


December 14, 2017

Stephanie Pedersen for the Western Nebraska Observer

Deven Sullivan controls an opponent in his first home meet on the Banner County wrestling team. In this, Deven's first year, he is the sole grappler for the Wildcats. While one-on-one coaching time is enviable, the lack of teammates makes practicing moves difficult.

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.


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