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At just six months of age, Dil’n Murchison took a dill pickle out of his Papa’s hand and ate all of it…since that time the now Vian senior has been known to his friends as Pickle. But to his opponents on the wrestling mat, the Wolverines 220-pound competitor is known as tough, quick and hard to beat.

On the heels of a seventh place finish at state a year ago while wrestling at 182 pounds, Murchison has been on a mission to not just qualify for the Class 3A state meet but to collect a piece of gold at season’s end.

Murchison, who describes himself as funny and sarcastic is all business from the opening whistle to the last second of every match.

“My style is to be more aggressive than my opponent. I’m a big guy but I can move pretty quick.”

Vian coach Landon Decker praised the spirit and efforts of Murchison to seek a gold medal.

“Dil’n has taken his skills to a higher level this year. He’s wrestling better than he ever had. I’m proud of the hard work and dedication he’s brought to our program.”

Wrestling since he was five years old, the Vian senior has never changed his mind about his toughest challenge with wrestling.

“Cutting weight without a doubt,” he explained while noting that last year he competed at 182 and takes the mat at 220 pounds this year.

A key performer on the football field for the Wolverines at linebacker and fullback, Murchison will continue his athletic career next year on a wrestling scholarship at the University of the Ozarks while pursuing a degree in sports medicine.

Entering the championship countdown, Murchison is 17-2 ranked among the top of the 220 pound wrestlers in Class 3A. As his final opportunities on the high school mats draw near, he knows he’ll hear the echo of his Papa’s words of advice as motivation for a shot at the gold medal.

“When you get tired, ask yourself how bad do you want it,” recalled Murchison with a voice of determination. “I’ve trained for this now it’s time to finish the mission.”

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