It sounds cliche. But these games weren't about the winners and losers, it was about taking part in the competition.
Wrestling took place at the home of the defending state team champions, Wausau West. A future Warrior, Jordan Larue, was wrestling to defend his Badger State Games title. Larue is preparing to enter his freshman year at Wausau West, where he'll join the wrestling team.
"So far my first match was easier my second match went a little bit harder and I'm going for the gold again," Larue said.
"I think the toughest part is staying warmed up and being ready to attack at all times."
At the pool at Horace Mann Middle School, swimming made its comeback to the Games. And Garrett Richetto returned to the pool for the first time in four months.
The Wausau East senior has made it to state for the last three years and he says the road to number four starts here.
"Well I've only been swimming for a week," Richetto said. "It's pretty tough but it just feels really good to be back in the water and it's fun to be hosting this meet at our home pool."
Richetto also got to see both of his younger sisters compete at the Games.
Soccer took place at D.C. Everest Middle School. The Marathon County United U-19 team is comprised mostly of girls from the Evergreens varsity squad.
Their head coach was away in Mexico getting married, so teammate Jordyn Ostrowski served as interim coach for the day. The D.C. Everest junior is recovering from a torn ACL she suffered this past season.
"I've been sitting the bench for the last season," Ostrowski said. "I kind of know everyone's strengths and weaknesses and where to put everyone."
Two different archery competitions took place in the Village of Brokaw at the Rib Mountain Bowmen Archery Club. It's the first time the club has hosted archery in the summer games.
Among the competitors was 12-year-old Carl Durrant from Pittsville, who proved that he can compete with those that have more experience.
"It's a little nerveracking coming to the line and seeing that people have shot more than you have," Durrant said. "Then also just trying to see what your scores can compare to their scores."
Durrant says he plans to compete at future Badger State Games for a long time.
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