Crandon youth wrestling sends five wrestlers to stateSubmitted: 03/21/2018

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CRANDON - Usually when athletes make it to state, they go with their high school team. But one group from Crandon is a little bit different. 

The youth wrestling team, which is first through eighth grade, is sending five wrestlers to the state meet in Madison this weekend. That's the biggest group of wrestlers they've ever sent to the state meet. 

Crandon sixth grader Dylan Davis is already a state champion.

"I've been to state three times so I know what's going on and what's going to happen," said Davis.

So he's not too nervous about wrestling at the state meet in Madison this weekend. But for third grader Nolan Bradley, this will be his first time at the big meet.

"It's been my goal since I've been wrestling from the very start," said Bradley.

One of his coaches noticed that was his goal and has seen him put in the hard work.

"Last year, he was ok, but now this year, he's been a ton better and he's been more focused," said assistant coach John Doane.

Doane is a senior at Crandon. He reached his 100th career win this season. Those moves set an example for the younger kids.

"Look at the moves and do the moves and then we learn it and get better at it and we start to do it more," said Davis.

Doane says his favorite part about coaching is having someone look up to him. Not only is he there for the kids, the kids are also there for him.

"They wanted me to go to state more than they wanted to go to state. But then when I didn't make it, they wanted it more I think," said Doane.

And that shows now that five Cardinals are heading to state.

The meet starts on Friday at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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