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Rhinelander wrestlers prepare for stateSubmitted: 02/22/2017
RHINELANDER - Four Rhinelander wrestlers will represent the Northwoods down at the state meet in Madison Thursday afternoon. It is the biggest group of Rhinelander wrestlers going to state for the first time since the early 1990's.

Junior Jacob Demeyer is undefeated and it will be his third time in a row trying to win a state title.

Going into the meet with no losses for the season gives Demeyer mixed feelings.

"It's giving me more confidence that I don't have a loss but there also is more pressure because I don't want to have the first loss of the year. We've had a solid group of guys with a great work ethic and it's been a pretty good year," said Demeyer.

It will be the first year Junior Alec Kurtz travels to Madison. Having three other teammates there with him will make a big difference.

"It's definitely based off how Jacob was. He was really nervous all by himself but now there's four of us. And especially with him being experienced down there, that will help a lot and we can lean on each other for that," said Kurtz.

Another wrestler making the trip to Madison will be Junior Reuben Guzik. It is his first trip to state and the nerves are starting to set in.

"I'm actually extremely nervous. I've talked to past state participants and they've said to just go out there and get a first take down and everything, all of your nerves go away, so that's what I plan on doing tomorrow," said Guzik.

The only senior that will wrestle tomorrow is Alec Bess. He realizes that this will be his last time competing.
"It's a good thing because I'll go out there and leave it all on the mat because it's going to be the last time. I'm usually pretty nervous before each competition but for this one I'm kind of excited I guess, I've been waiting," said Bess.

All four of the wrestlers will compete on Thursday afternoon. Stick with Newswatch 12 for the results.




Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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