Stoughton’s Tyler Dow looking to repeat history

Defending WIAA wrestling champ headed to UW
Stoughton’s Tyler Dow looking to repeat history

Tyler Dow continues the great wrestling tradition at Stoughton High School.

He’s the defending WIAA Division 1 160 pound state champion and has the most wins among active high school wrestlers in the state of Wisconsin.

When you ask the Vikings’ standout what his goals are for this season, the answer is pretty simple.

“State champ.” Dow said.

For somebody who’s on top of the state’s 160 pound division, he doesn’t seem too concerned with statistics.

“This year I haven’t really focused on the total amount of wins,” he said. “For me it’s about getting better, growing in the sport.”

Stoughton wrestling coach Bob Empey knows what’s at stake for Dow, but it’s not having any negative effects.

“There’s that opportunity there. There’s expectation,” Empey said after practice. “Right now we’re trying to continue to make him a better athletes and person daily.”

Dow signed with the University of Wisconsin, hoping that one day he can land college wrestling’s biggest prize: a national championship. “It’d be pretty exciting you know, I mean just thinking about it, I’m getting the chills. Not many people can say that they’d do that and represent their home state and represent it well.”

The 75th annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Tournament takes place at the Kohl Center from Thursday, Feb. 22nd through Saturday, Feb. 24th.