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Independence High School's wrestling team topped the standings at the 2022 Mustang Holiday Classic to earn their first tournament title in program history.

The Independence Tigers are reaching new heights on the wrestling mat this winter in their fourth season since the program's inception in 2019.

Following solid team finishes in their first two tournaments of the season, the Tigers placed first at the Mustang Holiday Classic on Dec. 17 to secure their first tournament championship in program history.

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Senior Rafael Hipolito finished third in the 157-pound class at the 2022 Beast of the East wrestling tournament. Hipolito, middle, is pictured with Independence coaches Eric Russo, left, and Jake Carey.

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