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Prep Athletes of the Year: 2012-13

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Austin Culton isn’t shy about saying football is his favorite sport.

Culton has had plenty of success on the wrestling mat, as well, including a Class 2A individual state title at 152 pounds as a junior and a runner-up finish this past season. He’ll wrestle for Northern Illinois University in the fall.

However, football always has been his first love. This past fall, Culton ran for 1,412 yards and scored 18 touchdowns for a Spartans team that nearly upset eventual state champion Montini in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.

His success in both sports is why Culton has been named the 2012-13 Daily Chronicle Male Athlete of the Year.