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Wrestler from Stevens Point to return home before Olympics

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An athlete from central Wisconsin is heading to the Olympics.

SPASH alumnus Ben Provisor made the USA Olympic team as a wrestler.

But before he heads to London, he's returning home to Stevens Point.

The wrestler has always wanted to go to the Olympics, but his path there would have been much different, if not for a special coach.

"I saw it in him early that he had a special talent," said Dennis Hall

Dennis Hall coached Provisor since he was a kid. Throughout the years their relationship has grown.

"I treat him like my own kids," said Hall. "I push him hard and there were a couple times were we butted heads a little bit, but ultimately I was doing it for his own good."

Hall knows wrestling. As a three time Olympian he won silver in the 1996 games in Atlanta.

"To me it was neat to be able to represent the state of Wisconsin, but more importantly represent my country, it was, it is a lifetime experience."

That's experience he's passed down to Provisor.

"Ben is a lot like me," said Hall. "I think from that perspective that makes me be able to coach him better."

Provisor is just days away from his first Olympics. Back in 2005, he told Newsline 9 that was his lifelong dream.

"I want to be just like Dennis," said Provisor in 2005. "I want to be the world champ but I want to go one step further. I want to be an Olympic champ."

It's a dream that could soon come true.

"I believe 100 percent in my heart that he can," said Hall. "It's just going to come down to going out there and performing."

Hall says he'll be will Provisor in London for the Olympics

The Olympic team is paying for Provisor's trip to London. But he needs to raise money to take friends and family.

He's raising money for that at a special sendoff event, Thursday in Plover.

You can meet the wrestler from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Five Star Lanes in Plover.

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