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Lancaster wrestler Cole Martin a champion of his sport

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 LANCASTER (WKOW) -- What makes a person a champion of their sport? If it means defeating their toughest competition, then Lancaster senior wrestler Cole Martin certainly is one.

"Sometimes I think about how lucky I am to have the opportunities, the success I've had, it's certainly unbelievable," Martin said.

Currently of the 145 pound weight class, Cole is a two-time state champion (2013, 2014) and the year he didn't win the title, as a freshman, he finished runner-up.

"In four years I haven't seen a weak spot in his offense or defense," Lancaster senior David Chadd said.

"No matter what position he gets into, he knows how to react," Lancaster wrestling coach Brad Sturmer said.

"The feeling of winning a match, getting your hand raised at the end of the match, that's what keeps you going," Martin said.

In his four years at Lancaster Cole's won hundreds of matches, he's one of the best wrestlers in the state of Wisconsin, but it's not all those wins that separate him from the rest, it's actually his losses. The defeats don't happen often, but three times they've come at the hands of River Valley's Sean Nolan.

The losses don't happen often, but three times they've come at the hands of River Valley junior Sean Nolan. Sean has down-syndrome. It was at a dual-meet in Lancaster two years ago, when the River Valley coaches were looking for an opponent for Sean. Lancaster's head coach Brad Sturmer immediately thought of Cole, who quickly volunteered.

"He ended up pinning me right away, in the first period," Martin said of Sean.

"I was happier after that match than I am most of my matches. Just seeing the reaction of everyone else, I was happy I did do that"

This weekend in Madison, Cole has the chance to win his third state title, something no other Lancaster wrestler has ever done. Though with his next bout still in the balance, Cole is already carrying the gold of a champion, as a gold standard of sportsmanship, sharing his spotlight of success with another.

"Everyone kind of deserves that and it's nice to see people like [Sean] getting that and being happy about it," Martin said.

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