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Captain overcomes health issues to compete his senior year

by Trinity Gruenberg

Hayden Captain, son of Tabitha and Brent Captain, had to overcome health issues and injuries before he could hit the mat for his senior year.

Wrestling is in his blood—Captain has wrestled since preschool. He is a third-generation Bertha-Hewitt wrestler. It started with his grandfather Gene Captain, then his father Brent and two uncles Barry and Cullen, and now himself, and his younger brothers, Deagan, a sophomore, and Preston, who is in seventh grade, are wrestlers too.

“Being third-generation is kind of cool because there isn’t a whole lot of that out there,” said Captain.

He enjoys the sport because it’s just him and his opponent on the mat and you can’t blame any mistakes on anyone else.

While he may have wrestled through his entire school career, injuries and health issues kept him off the mat in recent years.

Two years ago he suffered a knee and femur fracture which sidelined him. Last year he sustained an elbow injury that kept him out of section wrestling.

While those injuries have healed, another has caused long-term issues. . .


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