Rapids’ Preston Spray signs with Missouri

The Wisconsin Rapids wrestler won state this year at 113 pounds,
Published: May. 25, 2022 at 7:03 PM CDT
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) -Wisconsin Rapids senior Preston Spray will continue his wrestling career at the D1 level. The reigning state champion signed to wrestle at Missouri Wednesday at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids.

Spray qualified for state all four years of high school. This year, he won his first title at 113 pounds. For Spray, he’s been working towards this for a long time.

“Wrestling Division I has been a dream my entire life,” said Spray. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Spray won his state title in February with a 2-0 decision over Wyatt Skebba of Hortonville. Spray knew that this year would be critical in getting to the D1 level, knowing he hadn’t placed at state the year prior.

“It’s kind of hard from going not placing at state to going D1,” said Spray. “I knew a lot was counting on this year and I told myself that. When I was driving to those extra practices and I was doing those extra runs and those extra practices that I didn’t want to do, but I knew I had to, I was doing them because I knew that this is what the outcome would be.”

In terms of his commitment, he said he felt an instant connection to Missouri.

“Upon the visit, the campus was just awesome,” said Spray. “The guys on the team just felt like family instantly. The coaches were super, super-nice, supers supportive. You could really tell that they cared about you, each and every guy, and that was important to me.”

For more on Spray’s journey through his time at Rapids, hear from him in this ‘Hello, My Name Is’ from earlier this season.

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