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The Nick Papageorgio of wrestling

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Meet Jake Deitchler. You're going to be hearing about him a lot in the next few weeks. That's because young Jake stunned his peers last month in Las Vegas, becoming the first high schooler in 32 years to make the Olympic wrestling team.

In the process, he also became the sports equivalent to one of my all-time favorite movie characters ...

Nick Papageorgio.

For those of you who have not been lucky enough to see Vegas Vacation, Papageorgio is the alias used by Rusty Griswold. Rusty, at 18, can't get into the casinos, so he buys a fake-ID and the name Papageorgio is born.

Rusty (Nick) proceeds to hit the jackpot several times, racking up everything from money to cars, becoming an instant celebrity in Vegas.

Jake didn't have to secure a fake-ID to earn his celebrity status in Vegas, he earned his legally. In this case, the grand prize was a spot on the Olympic team.

Just think about that for a second. Deitchler, an 18 year-old from Minnesota, graduated from high school just a few months ago, went to Vegas, defeated two people, and beat all the odds. Now he finds himself headed to Beijing.

Can you even imagine what the celebration must have been like after he won?

Party on, Jake!

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