Northwoods Spotlight - Lampe's return to Madison - June 4Submitted: 06/04/2014
Story By Joe Dufek

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.

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