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    Members of the Auburn Youth Wrestling Club run laps Wednesday around the Fairview Elementary School gym in Auburn. The program started in 2018 and has 64 youths on the wrestling team.

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    Auburn Youth Wrestling Club founder Ben Madigan works with young wrestlers during Wednesday's practice at Fairview Elementary School gym in Auburn.

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    Auburn Middle School eighth grader Cooper Blair, left, practices Wednesday with the Auburn Youth Wrestling Club at Fairview Elementary School in Auburn. Blair placed second in the 99-pound weight class during the Pine Tree League State Championships on April 1.

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    Eighth graders who compete with the Auburn Youth Wrestling Club will age out of the program this spring. Club founder Ben Madigan is hoping to establish a program at Edward Little High School in Auburn so youths can continue wrestling through high school.

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    Melissa Fowler ties her 7-year-old son Elijah Fowler's wrestling shoes Wednesday before Auburn Youth Wrestling Club practice at Fairview Elementary School gym in Auburn.

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    Auburn Middle School eighth grader Evan Madigan, left, practices with the Auburn Youth Wrestling Club Wednesday at Fairview Elementary School in Auburn. Madigan won the 123-pound weight class during the Pine Tree League State Championships on April 1.

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    Auburn Youth Wrestling Club founder Ben Madigan works Wednesday with young wrestlers practicing at Fairview Elementary School gym in Auburn.

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    Wrestlers and coaches with the Auburn Youth Wrestling Club celebrate April 1 after winning the Pine Tree League State Championships at Nokomis High School in Newport. Twenty-six middle school and club programs from across Maine competed during the championships.

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