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Originally published Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8:03 PM

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Broken hand hasn't slowed Lake Stevens wrestler

Despite breaking his hand early in the season, returning state champion Eric Soler is 14-1 and tapering his workouts to get ready for the postseason.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Five questions with Lake Stevens High School senior Eric Soler, a returning state wrestling champion at 126 pounds. He is 14-1 at 138 despite breaking his hand early this season.

Q: What was it like coming back from your injury?

A: "Getting in shape was a pain. At first, I would be winded in my matches, but I've been getting there. I should be good by state."

Q: How do you prepare for the postseason?

A: "You time it so that right at the end is when you peak, you're at your best performance. Right now, we're shortening practices and working a lot more intense and harder and faster ... and getting ready to battle it out in the Tacoma Dome."

Q: What was it like to be a part of "True Life: On the Mat," the MTV documentary that chronicled the 2010-11 Lake Stevens wrestling season?

A: "It was cool, because we got a lot of attention. I liked the guys who filmed. They were always around, so we would always joke around. They were pretty cool."

Q: Your plans after high school?

A: "I got accepted to UW-Bothell, so I'll probably go there. I'm planning on majoring in engineering.

Q: What do you like to do away from wrestling?

A: "I love wakeboarding. I live on a lake, so every morning during the summer, you can catch me out there riding."

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