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Athlete of the Week: Patrick Spray

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Patrick Spray reached the state wrestling finals last year as a sophomore and finished as the runner-up.

After the season was over he hit the weight room and this season began up two weight classes.

"Last years loss in the finals kind of motivates me," Spray said. "Plus I just want to be the best that I can for my team and also for myself."

His hard work is already paying off this season. Spray came out of the Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament with a familiar title."

"You know he's a two time conference champ now and any time you can win a conference tournament like the Wisconsin Valley it's a big, it's a big accomplishment and he wrestled real well at a tough weight," Wisconsin Rapids head coach Scott Benitz said.

Sprays improvement is not only a result of his hard work, but also his fathers. Tim Spray is the teams assistant coach.

"I think when you see wrestlers finally turn that corner the sport slows down a little bit for them," Tim Spray said. "They get it a little better, they understand things position better."

For the junior this season is about unfinished business.

"If I keep working hard, keep putting forth the effort that I can be on top of the podium," Spray said.

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