WIAA wrestling: Third time's a charm for Reedsville's Wedepohl

WIAA wrestling: Third time's a charm for Reedsville's Wedepohl

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WIAA wrestling: Third time's a charm for Reedsville's Wedepohl

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Hard work.

It’s a theme for successful athletes. Reedsville’s Grant Wedepohl can attest to that.

In his third trip to the state tournament, the junior won a championship. He blanked Bonduel’s Jacob Wudtke (41-7) by a count of 5-0 in the Division 3 170-pound state championship match Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

Wedepohl (43-1) placed fifth at 152 pounds last year as a sophomore. With his sights set on greater things, the three-time state qualifier went back to work almost immediately following his victory in the fifth-place match last year.

“I haven’t stopped wrestling since last year,” Wedepohl said. “I was going to camps…I wrestled every week throughout the fall, spring, and summer and lifted weights almost every day throughout the summer.”

All of the offseason effort paid off. A state championship in shutout fashion is hard to come by.

“It feels good knowing that he wasn’t able to score on me,” Wedepohl said. “Winning a state championship feels amazing.”

Wedepohl squared off with Wudtke the last two weeks with similar results.

“I beat him the last two weeks, so I knew what to do and I knew how to control him,” Wedepohl said. “I had to stay out of a move that he..got on me last week and had to shoot and get in on his legs. That’s how I took him down the last two weeks. That’s the same thing I did today.”

With the burden of cutting weight gone for awhile, Wedepohl plans on enjoying some food in the coming weeks. He even packed himself a treat to enjoy while still at the Kohl Center following his match.

“Yeah, I’m going to eat a lot,” Wedepohl said with a laugh. “I have milk and cookies in my bag right now.”

The newly-crowned state champ has more plans for celebrating that go beyond indulging in sweets. Number one on the list? More work.

“I guess, just keep working in the offseason,” Wedepohl said of his plans. “Try to become better every day.”

It’s that kind of drive which led to Wedepohl’s magical night in the first place.

“It’s what I’ve been training for all year,” Wedepohl said. “All my goals and my dreams came true tonight.”

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