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When long-time Sprague High School wrestling coach Kary Hadden resigned last spring, a search committee was formed to find a replacement.

On the committee were the usual assortment of athletic department staff members, school administrators and parents of wrestlers.

But there was one seemingly unusual choice: Brandon Griffin (No. 6 @ 171), then a sophomore and two-time state champion.

?I was excited about that,? Griffin said. ?I love Hadden, and he?s a great coach, but having a new coach and seeing what he could bring to the team, too, it was exciting.

?We had three interviewees. I thought they were all interesting in their own regard. The main thing is when coach (Kyle) Temple went up there, I thought he had not only the best answers ? but you could just see he was hungry for the job. He wanted to make a run for the state championship as a team.?

For Complete Article by Bill Poehler, Statesman Journal