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Amanda Willuweit cheers on her son Atlas, a 106-pounder on Burke/Gregory's wrestling team, during a regional semifinal match last Saturday in Highmore. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

WRESTLING MOMS: State tourney a high-stress time for special breed

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Amanda Willuweit knelt down on the bleachers in complete silence, shaking with nerves.

An instant later, her emotions broke, and she stood up and began screaming across the gymnasium.


Her eighth-grade son, Atlas, a 106-pounder on Burke/Gregory’s wrestling team, was in a regional semifi nal match that guaranteed the winner a spot in the state tournament.

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