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La Follette junior transforms into competitive wrestler

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MADISON (WKOW) -- When Carlito Schiro first walked into wrestling practice in 2011, his coach didn't know what to expect from him. "Starting off was a little tough for him," La Follette wrestling coach Gary Skiles said."

Carlito was at his heaviest in the summer before his freshman year of high school at 235. He wrestled in the 220 pound weight class during his first season with the Lancers and he struggled. His body didn't fit that weight class well, so he was out dueled by many who held more strength.

Carlito also struggled with self-esteem issues, dealing with the extra weight. He didn't like what he saw when he looked in the mirror. The last straw came when he saw a picture of himself flexing without a shirt on. Carlito decided to make a change.

He began with walks around his neighborhood, and that progressed to daily routines of P90X. Now as a junior Carlito is down to 176 pounds and he's not done. He hopes to eventually wrestle in the 170 pound weight class.

He's lost weight and gained skill. Skiles says Carlito is one of the best wrestlers the Lancers have, as Carlito finished fourth in the Big 8 conference meet as a sophomore. Carlito's goal is to win a state championship. He says it will be hard work, but for a kid who managed to lose 60 pounds in a couple years, hard work is nothing.

To see the video version of this story, click on the link after the WKOW broadcast at 10 pm on 12/17.

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