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The West Hancock High School Wrestling team, coaches and cheerleaders. (first Row) Camisha Brown, Aidia Schmid, Anahi Calles, Emily Ryerson, Nichole Lemmon, Noralyn Clark, Michaela Grant, and Chloe Lamoreux. (second Row) Ramzee Brown, Ben Martinez, Dalton Subject, Reed Brown, Tate Hagen, Bennett Bruns, Andrew Barber, Derek Oberhelman, and MacKenzie Kyhl. (third row) Maggie Lies, Cole Kelly, Josh Stromer, Tanner Hagen, Ian Gobeli, Nathan Cabrera, and Justin Ausborn. (back row) Caleb Eckels, Hunter Hagen, Chandler Redenius, Austin Brouwer, Dawson Goodrich, Bryer Subject, Brian McLaren, Colton Francis, and Cameron Clark.

FOREST CITY | When Hunter Hagen completed the state wrestling tournament last February, he was able to do so with an eventual smile. Not because he had just taken runner-up at 195 pounds, but because of the journey that brought him to that moment. And what the future may hold.

The future is now for Hagen and the West Hancock wrestling team as Hagen comes into this season as a favorite to win a state title after becoming the school’s first state finalist in 16 years. Hagen finished 42-5 last season.

But it’s not all about Hagen in Britt. The Eagles return a solid core of young wrestlers who found success last season.

Bennett Bruns finished with a 32-15 record while Tate Hagen added a 35-15 record of his own. Bruns is a junior and Hagen a sophomore. Junior Caleb Eckles is also back after compiling a 20-10 record, and Chandler Redenius is hoping to build off a solid freshman campaign which saw him finish 26-12.

Some others to keep an eye on are Nathan Cabrera, Dalton Subject, and Cameron Clark.

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