Winning your first state championship may be easier than winning a second.
The first time you might come out of the woods and surprise some people. The second time around there's a target on your back. Every opponent will try their best to beat you, enabling them to say they beat a state champion.
Brainerd's Andy Pickar survived a pressure-packed 2002-03 season to repeat as state champion in Class 3A. His march to a second state title was voted the No. 1 local sports story in 2003 by The Dispatch sports staff.
Pickar, champion at 140 pounds a year earlier, won the 152-pound title when he pinned Northfield's Mike Quamme in 64 seconds at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
He finished the season 36-1 and 146-25 for his career, the most wins by any Warrior wrestler. Earlier in the year he surpassed Jim Caughey's school record for wins (111).
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