MERRILL - Earlier this month, the high school wrestling career for Merrill senior Tyler Schmidt ended with a second state championship.
Schmidt successfully defended his Division One 220-pound championship at the state individual tournament in Madison.
Over the last two seasons, Schmidt won nearly 100 matches and lost only one. That includes two victories at the state team tournament the following weekend.
Schmidt's impressive record and skills are among several reasons why the Wisconsin Badgers recruitted him. Schmidt signed with the Badgers last fall.
After winning his second state title - Schmidt was ecstatic as he summed up his senior year.
"Coming into the season, I felt a lot of pressure," Schmidt explains. "Undefeated and won a state championship. I felt I had to do it all over again. Late in the season, I lost. I bounced back from it and learned from my mistakes."
He is also the Newswatch 12 Player of the Year in wrestling for the second straight year.
It's believed Schmidt could red-shirt next year to possibly prepare to compete for the Badgers as a heavyweight.
"I look forward to a lot of fun and hard work," Schmidt adds. "The Badgers have been very nice to me the past few months. I plan on making them happy for five years."
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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