Sports Spotlight: Wyatt Wenninger tries for state wrestling againSubmitted: 12/10/2018

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TOMAHAWK - With his head up and hands active, Wyatt Wenninger gets ready to pin his opponent, just like he's done for more than a decade.

"I think my dad just signed me up one day, brought me up here and we started learning," Wenninger said.
Bob Garrou, Wenninger's coach, watched his development firsthand.

"Wyatt's an extremely good athlete, he's good at everything he does," Garrou said. "He just always struggled with confidence and I believe he's finally got control of his confidence. I think great things are in his future."

Wenninger made the state tournament last year in the 152-pound division, but is wrestling a class up in the 160-pound division this season.

"The kids are a little heavier, but so am I," Wenninger said.

He'll be taking on these new wrestlers with some familiar faces in his corner.

"He's kind of the type of kid that you can laugh at and laugh with," fellow wrestler Alex Bishop said. "He pushes the rest of the team to work harder."

While the team is improving, Wenninger knows he'll have to fight alone.

"I like depending on myself, I guess, because I know if I work hard, good things will happen from there," Wenninger said.

With one final season to put his name in the record books, Wenninger is using last season's defeat as motivation.

"That kid's in my weight class again," Wenninger said. "Hopefully I get to see him again and set things straight."

Wisconsin Wrestling ranked Wenninger as the eighth-best wrestler in his weight class in all of Division Two.

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White Lake 22 Phelps 85

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