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Nick Hagar - TV9 athlete of the week

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Nick Hagar has a Wisconsin record 196 wins Nick Hagar has a Wisconsin record 196 wins

by Bryon Graff

TOMAHAWK (WAOW) - Nick Hagar is well aware of wrestling's rare company. Just nine Wisconsin grapplers have ever won four state titles. So he'd round out that top ten.

Nick Hagar: "Definitely being a part of that elite club is a huge deal to me."

As a freshman he saw himself as the underdog. The next two visits he felt he had more to prove.

Hagar is driven by reaching goals. Whether it's wrestling or running cross country, anything he sets out to achieve he goes full force.

Nick Hagar: "I think to accomplish great things you have to set goals. The smallest goals to the biggest goals, it doesn't matter."

Tomahawk Co-Head Coach Bob Skubal: "I think the ability to always want to learn, to strive to learn. And never take anything for granted."

In a sport where it's mano y mano on the mat... Hagar credits a full support system that includes older brother Zach... a state champion himself.

Nick Hagar: "I've got a great, close group of friends on the wrestling team and my family really sticks beside me the whole way."

Hagar's 196 wins are the most in state history. And he'll move into the division one collegiate ranks on a full scholarship ride at South Dakota State.

Hagar: "It'll be pretty sad after my match whether I win, lose or draw. It doesn't matter. I think wrestling in high school is special, especially for a team like this. There's so much love and friendship and memories to go around."

Online Reporter: Bryon Graff

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