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The Vikings, with only eight wrestlers, finish the Dayton Invitational in 10th place out of 19 teams

There was success in the air for the Colton High wrestling team Jan. 8 at the Dayton Invitational.

The Vikings came away with a trio of medal winners and a nice jump back into action after the break.

"It was a long, but great day of wrestling last Saturday at Dayton High School," coach Brian Moore said.

Nolan Earls snagged a title at 195 pounds by beating Dayton's two-time state champion David Bowlin in a hard-fought 4-3 decision.

COURTESY PHOTO: BRIAN MOORE - The eight-person Colton High wrestling squad that competed Jan. 8 at the Dayton Invitational.

"This kid is undefeated so far this season and most importantly, it was his 17th birthday," Moore said.

Roger Moore took second at 152 pounds, falling by a 9-3 decision to his McNary opponent in the title match.

"This is another amazing kid," Moore said. "He has only lost three matches all season and is one of the lighter kids in his weight class, weighing in at 141 pounds. Then we have Shade Starr making a comeback after a loss early in the tournament to take third place at 152 pounds. Also on the box was Dylan Bonfield taking fourth in the 160-pound bracket."

Overall, the Vikings took 10th out of 19 teams while wrestling with eight kids.

Up this weekend is a biggie, the two-day Oregon Classic in Redmond.

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