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MADISON — For the second time in program history, the Kaukauna Grappling Ghosts wrestling team has won the state title four years in a row.

The Ghosts defeated 3-seed Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 49-17 for the of the WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament title.

Winners were:

106, Andy DiPiazza 

113, Nick Jenkins

132, Lucas Peters

138, Ryan Schmidt

144, Ramses Aguirre 

150, Kolin DeGroot

165, Liam Crook 

190, Brady Sprangers 

215, Sam Weber 

285, Nehemiah Lendobeja 

The Ghosts won their two matches Friday to make the finals.

Kaukauna defeated Homestead 49-17 in the quarterfinals Friday (Summary), then advanced to the title match with a 35-29 semifinal win over Menomonie (Summary).

Three-time defending champion Kaukauna entered the tournament as the top seed.

The Ghosts qualify for the 15th time in the last 17 seasons and for a membership-leading 22nd time overall.

They had a string of five straight appearances from 1999-2003 and have surpassed that streak with their current run of 12 consecutive appearances.

They have won a total of seven State championships, including four straight from 2014-17.

The Galloping Ghosts have also finished runner-up four times, including 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2013.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.