Talan Benson

Parker youth wrestler Talan Benson displays the trophies he won at state youth wrestling tournaments in May. Benson is a member of Parker Elite Kids Wrestling.

Talan Benson, a member of Parker Elite Kids Wrestling, found success at two recent youth state tournaments in Phoenix.

Benson participated in the State Greco Tournament May 12 in Phoenix, placing second in his age and weight class. He was moved up to a higher age and weight class because there were no competitors in his class. He had three matches, pinning two opponents before losing by points, 7-5, to the eventual state champion.

Talan’s uncle, Leif Benson, is his Greco coach.

Benson also competed in the State Freestyle Tournament held May 18-19 in Phoenix. He placed second in his age and weight class, pinning three opponents before losing in points, 9-5, to the state champion, who is also the reigning national champion.

For the season, Benson had a record of 24-4 with 24 pins. His freestyle coach is his father, Thor Benson.

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