Sparta's Hayden Krein signs

Sparta High School senior Hayden Krein signed his National Letter of Intent to wrestle at Division I Northern Illinois University on Wednesday while surrounded by coaches (Sparta coach Jared Rickert, left, and Greco coach Lucas Steldt, right) and family (mom Kris and dad Claus).

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Sparta High School senior Hayden Krein made his intentions official by signing his National Letter of Intent to wrestle for Division I Northern Illinois University on Wednesday.

Krein is a three-time member of the All-Tribune second team while being stuck behind wrestlers with a combined record of 137-1 (West Salem/Bangor's Devin Bahr twice and Westby's Ross Withington once).

Krein owns a career record of 119-14 and has placed third or better all three times he has qualified for the WIAA individual state tournament. He placed third in Division 1 last season after compiling a 36-2 record at 160 pounds.

Krein won a state championship at 152 as a sophomore and placed third at the same weight as a freshman.

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