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Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale's Nick Bennett is one of Mike Barthel's varsity wrestlers this season. The Raiders have high expectations after qualifying two wrestlers for state and seeing six more place high in the section last year. Photo by Brian Hansel

Young Raiders out to grab more mat victories this season

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Mike Barthel's young Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders might be ready to start shaking up conference and section foes this winter.

Barthel will tell you the BHV grapplers have much more under the hood than their 10-12 record indicates.

"With the parity in our section, it is nice that there are 6-8 teams who feel they could win it," Barthel said.

The Raiders lost state heavyweight qualifier Colin Turchin to graduation, but they have plenty of returning talent.

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