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Cache mat program makes big strides

CACHE  In a building well off campus, the Cache wrestling program didn't have a single mat years ago. Cache coach Jimbo Smith and the Bulldogs eventually acquired a mat from Oklahoma State.

Building its program from the ground up, the OSU mat wasn't much for Cache, but at least it was something.

Now, the Bulldogs have a large building on the school campus, titled 'The Doghouse', plenty of support from the administration and enthusiasm from young wrestlers getting plugged into the program.

Cache senior Josh Swanson and his older brother Jake were two wrestlers largely responsible for Cache's wrestling rebirth. They both wrestled and played football at Cache while their younger sister, Ava, is a sophomore on the Lady Bulldogs' basketball team.

Growing up, Jake and Josh went to the MacArthur little league wrestling program because there wasn't one in Cache.

"Jake and I realized that if we wanted to keep wrestling, we'd have to build our own program," said Josh Swanson, who will wrestle collegiately in the Ivy League, at the University of Pennsylvania, starting this fall. "We didn't want to move out to MacArthur; we liked it here in Cache."

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