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Germantown?s Jesse Thielke (No. 1 @ 130) looked around his home gym last Saturday after besting Port Washington?s Jake Maechtle, 8-1, in the 140-pound final of the North Shore Conference Tournament.

It was the senior national champion?s fourth and final league title.

But that was not really the news, nor was it the fact that Thielke had moved up two classes to take on the state-ranked Maechtle, thereby opening other spots for other Warhawks or the fact that Thielke gave up eight pounds to his sturdy opponent and went the distance in the match for the first time this season.

No, the real news was he was realizing this was the last time that he?d be with his teammates on their home turf and was taking into account how much he would miss all of the unity, camaraderie and sweat and sacrifice of being part of a high school team.

?It?s been among the most fun times I?ve had (in wrestling),? said the prospective U.S. Olympic wrestler and future Wisconsin Badger. ?I didn?t think I could have this much fun, but I really have, and I won?t forget it.?

To continue reading article by STEVEN L. TIETZ of Germantown Now

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