MADISON - Last weekend, Alyssa Lampe showed why she was named USA Wrestling's female wrestler of the year.
And she was able to enjoy a home mat advantage.
Bob: "It was awesome to see the Wisconsin people remember her," Tomahawk wrestling coach Bob Garrou explained. "I really think it meant something to her."
Alyssa Lampe felt the presence of one family member.
"You could hear my - in fact, my dad is the only one I could hear. I couldn't even hear my coaches. That was pretty funny."
Tomahawk's Alyssa Lampe received a hero's welcome in Madison. She captured the women's 48 kg - 105.5-pound title in front of the Wisconsin faithful.
"Just great to hear people from my hometown," Lampe adds. "Heard people cheering for me. It was great."
"If it wasn't for her parents, she wouldn't have been a wrestler," Garrou said. "Her dad drug her in there to be a partner for her brother. And it worked out perfect. It's been great to be a part of that."
Last time Alyssa wrestled in Madison was in 2006. That year in her weight class - she finished second at the state tournament. Last weekend, she left her home state as a World Team member.
"It's a stepping stone. But the goal is to be an Olympic champion," Lampe is quick to point out.
"She said to USA Wrestling last week her goal is to win everything from here on out and retire in 2016 as an Olympic champion," Garrou explained.
Lampe had to bounce back after getting pinned in the second match. Two years ago, she was an alternate for the Olympic team after falling in the final match. She would not let that happen again.
Alyssa will compete at the World Championships in Uzbekistan in September. And continue to focus on a shot at the 2016 Olympic games.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
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