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Local wrestlers train with Olympian in Marshfield


Wrestlers from Central Wisconsin and around the Midwest got more than a few tips from an Olympian who visited Marshfield Thursday.

Ken Chertow's Gold Medal Training Camp began Thursday at the Holiday Inn. The three-time NCAA All-American competed in the 1988 Olympics and has visited Central Wisconsin for the last six years.

Approximately 80 wrestlers are training at the five-day camp, and Chertow says there's a unique wrestling culture in the area.

"When you do a summer camp, you get kids that want to be good. Want to do the extra. And this is a good area for wrestling I consistently have successful camps here in Central Wisconsin," Chertow said. "In general, it's a good wrestling culture. Tough hard nosed kids. A lot of kids that understand hard work and works really good with wrestling. It's a good fit for the sport."

One high school wrestler fell short of making the state tournament this year and has one goal at Chertow's camp.

"I'm here to basically get to the state tournament next year and hopefully be state champ," Auburndale junior Paul Willfarht said. 

"It's an incredible experience not everyone gets to see an Olympian. It's crazy. At the end of this camp, I want to be a better wrestler and get all my mechanics and everything fine tuned so when season comes, I'm ready."

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