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Bi-State was just the beginning

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For the first time in 36 years, Holmen wrestling took home the Bi-State title. 

"It is something you work towards your whole entire life to win something like the Bi-State Classic. It gives you a load of confidence," Senior Isaac Lahr said.

"I think my goals, I know my goals, and I believe their goals as well are much bigger than just winning the Bi-State," Head Coach Jason Lulloff said. "That was more of a stepping stone. Okay, check that one off of our list, now what's next?" 

"I believe we can get first (at the State Championship), and I wouldn't think anything less because that is what we are working towards," Junior Kalyn Jahn said.

Holmen is led by a senior class where most of them have been on varsity since they were freshman. 

"The learning curves, the bumps and bruises, the trials and errors have kind of run their system, and now what we are seeing is a better product," Coach Lulloff said.

This group all came into freshman year at a similar weight class, and Coach Lulloff had to work some magic. 

"We were trying to figure out how we could spread them out in the line-up where a couple guys are cutting weight, couple guys gaining weight, and a couple guys staying where they were just to make them fit," Coach Lulloff said. "Well, when you are not truly at your weight class it is a lot harder to win those matches, so we had some guys going up and down. Now, these guys have spread out, some have really exploded." 

Senior Isaac Lahr being one of them who went from weight class 120 to 182. 

"Between my sophomore and junior year, I just hit a growth spurt," Lahr said. "I gained 45 pounds or something like that. I just lifted really really hard, and I ate a lot."

Four years of dedication and determination, and now a state championship is not out of reach.

"Oh, it is something that I have always dreamed of," Lahr said. "Obviously, that is the goal to be a state champion." 

As Coach Lulloff teaches, wrestling stretches farther than just wins and losses. It shapes who you become as a person.

"Everything that I am is because of wrestling," Lahr said. "Wrestling is an extremely mental sport. You're in the practice room every day. You're working out every single morning. That mind set transfers over to the civilian world." 

Isaac will take the valuable lessons he has learned from the sport with him as he enrolls in the military after graduation. 
 

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