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 At 100 pounds, Kiona-Benton's Brittnee Cook won the regional title last week.  At 235 pounds, her brother, Tanner, won one of his own.  At 106 pounds, their cousin, Jaron Gunter, made it a perfect three for three.

"I'm really so proud of both of them and it's all so exciting," said senior Brittnee Cook.

The three will wrestle at state this weekend.  They each won their first-day matches and will continue in tomorrow's tournament.  Brittnee and Tanner made the trip to state last year where they took 7th and 8th place, respectively.  This year they're ready to go for it all.

"I'm just trying to take it one match at a time," said Brittnee."I mean it's been working so far."

Tanner, a junior, is wrestling in a new weight class this year.  At 235 he classifies as a heavyweight.

"It's a challenge," he said.  Then he laughed, "I really like challenges."

For sophomore Jaron, it's his first trip to the Mat Classic.

"I'm pretty nervous," he admitted. "But I think I can take it."

The three have wrestled together since they were kids.

"My dad tried to get me into it when I was five, but I didn't start until I was eight," said Brittnee. "Ever since then though, I've wrestled. It's a family thing."

The kids credit their love of the sport to their dads, both were state wrestlers themselves. 

"I want to go to state and show my dad that I can do even better than him," said Tanner. "I want to show him that I can bring a state title home which would probably make his day."

Outside of their immediate family, all three share a spot in the KiBe wrestling family, as well.

"We are a family and we talk about that on the very first day of practice," said head coach Ben Hill. "We're up in the gym beating each other up every day and you can't take that off the mat.  It's just you up here and you fight for everything you have."

For Brittnee, this year is extra special since it's her senior year.

"That I can be here my last year with my cousin and brother, it means a lot," she said. "It just means so much that everyone will be up there in Tacoma."

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