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Taking the surprise out of any wrestling match has been one of life?s main goals for Germantown?s four-time state champion and aspiring Olympian Jesse Thielke.
But it came as quite a surprise to his classmates on June 12, when he jumped off a plane at 11 a.m. at Mitchell Field and managed make his 1 p.m. high school graduation held in the gym.
?It was pretty sweet,? he said. ?I actually got here (in Germantown) at 12:30 p.m. People were thinking that I would be there, but they couldn?t remember if I was actually going to do it or not.?
?It wound being so cool to see all my friends. I showed up so late, they were certain I wasn?t going to make it.?
Why all this drama over one particular senior making his high school graduation?
Well, not everyone has been at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the last three-plus months, preparing for a slot on the American Greco-Roman wrestling squad for the 2012 London Olympics while completing his high school classes online.
hielke left for Colorado shortly after earning his fourth WIAA state championship for Germantown in late February. The trip to Colorado was done as part of a special arrangement with Germantown High School. In fact, Thielke also struck a deal with the University of Wisconsin that he could enroll a year later than normal so he could pursue his Olympic dream.
But for this week, Thielke, who brought along four training friends as houseguests to his parents? Germantown home, acted more like the recently graduated high school senior that he is. He caught up with friends, happily slept in his own bed and ate his mom?s food.
?It?s just been great to see family and see that everyone is doing so well,? he said. He too is doing well along his chosen path.
He has taken trips with fellow Olympic aspirants to tournaments in Austria and Bulgaria. He?s also taken part in the US Open in Cleveland, and the Junior Greco-Roman trials in Indiana.
He also maintained his class schedule online. He finished up his high school Advanced Placement classes in statistics and literature in May and recently finished up a series of other final exams.
?I stayed on top of it and kept a schedule everyday,? he said.
For Complete Article by Steven L. Tietz, Germantown Now
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