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Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Jadin Lemke – Pulaski wrestling, football, lacrosse

By Murray Gleffe


Name: Jadin Lemke

Activity: Wrestling, football, lacrosse

Parents: Toddy and Cori Lemke

Twitter: @JadinLemke

Jadin Lemke is a senior at Pulaski High School currently wrestling.

He helped lead the Red Raiders’ football team to a second-round playoff berth last fall.

What’s it like to be a leader on the wrestling team?

“It’s lots of work this year, but it’s fun. We have a young team, so it’s awesome to help the young kids and show them the way.”

Talk about your accomplishments in wrestling.

“My freshman year, I started on varsity, and we were regional champs. In my sophomore year, I qualified for the individual state tournament, but I didn’t place – making it was a big accomplishment. Last season as a junior, our team was regional champs, but I fell short of the individual state tournament. I have some unfinished business in my final season.”

What’s your greatest fear?

“Failure – I do everything in my power to succeed in life.”

What’s your most memorable moment? 

“In the ninth grade, we were wrestling De Pere for the conference championship. The dual was close, and it came down to the last match, which I was involved in. I needed to either pin the guy or get a technical decision, which means they stop the match once someone is up by 15 or more points – I decided to do both.”

What’s the hardest part about performing in a wrestling match? 

“Keeping your mind straight. When your mind says you can’t do it anymore, you have to keep pushing through it and finish the match strongly.”

If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be? 

“A trophy truck driver on race day of the Baja 1000.”

What would the title of your autobiography be?

“The Hectic Life of Jadin Lemke.”

On Saturday’s in the offseason, what can you be found doing?

“I don’t have much of an offseason. I also played football and play lacrosse in the spring. When I’m not in sports, you will find me at the racetrack or in my shop working on my 1,600-light buggy to get it ready for the next race.”

Talk about the progression of wrestling moves from middle school to high school.

“When I was young, my coach would show me a move I didn’t understand. When I got to high school, I started relearning some of those moves and most of them have become useful.”

Europe or South America?

“South America, because in Chile during the summer months, there is a lot of snow and some great snowmobiling conditions.”

What are your college aspirations? 

“To attend UW-Green Bay for mechanical engineering.”

What’s your dream job upon graduation from college? 

“Building off-road race cars and chassis and using my knowledge to redesign chassis to make them lighter, stronger and faster.”

Talk about your wrestling coach.

“All of my coaches through my wrestling career at Pulaski have been helpful and inspiring – starting with my coaches from the third grade all the way to coach Deprey.”

What are your hobbies? 

“I love to off-road race, snowmobile, hunt, fish and ride my race quad with my friends and family.”

When are you the happiest?

“When I’m at the racetrack.”

What’s your favorite event attended? 

“Crandon International off-road raceways 50th anniversary.”

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

“Work hard and trust the process.”

What’s your favorite type of music? 

“Old country music.”

What’s your favorite trip ever taken? 

“I went on a trip to South Carolina with my family and cousins, which was lots of fun.”

In 20 years when you reflect, how do you want to be remembered at Pulaski?

“I wish to be remembered for being a great athlete and a hard worker.”


Food: Cheeseburger

Subject: Math

Color: Red

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