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State Wrestling: Three area D1 wrestlers survive quarterfinals

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The 2020 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament kicked off today in Madison.

Three area wrestlers survived Division 1 Quarterfinals today.

Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln sophomore Preston Spray beat Milton's Riley Nilo 4-2 in the 106 weight class.

"It was a close match. I know the kid is super strong. I decided to… I tried my best to get to my offense and keep the match as close as I could and find a way to win it. Last year's experience didn't go the way that I wanted it to, so I decided to take it one match at a time and wrestle smart. Last year the nerves got to me and I wasn't really nervous this year. I'm just excited," Spray said.

At 113, SPASH senior Justin Groshek beat Germantown's Brent Miller.

"That kid was pretty strong. I knew if I went upper body with him it'd be a battle, but I just kinda kept space and went from there. I'm feeling pretty good. I think I need to work on a couple things, but otherwise I'm going for the gold," Groshek said.

And at 120, Marshfield sophomore Keagan Cliver beat Brookfield East's Brett Skaug 14-11.

"I knew he was a decent scrambler and that he was good on his feet, so I went after him right away and tried to get up as many points and then just coasted," he said.

Day 2 of the state tournament is highlighted by Division 2 and 3 quarterfinals, and semifinals in all three divisions.

We'll have the latest at 6 and 10 on News 9.

Brad Hanson

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