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Wrestler faces felony stalking charge

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis (WSAU) The Wisconsin Rapids wrestler who turned down a plea bargain is facing a new felony charge in connection with the case. 18-year-old Rylan Lubeck of Vesper is now charged with stalking.

The Voice newspaper reports the charge was filed March 12, accusing Lubeck of stalking a then-freshman wrestler on the team during the 2010-2011 season. The charge is upgraded from theinitial disorderly conduct charge filed last May. Three other wrestlers, Devin Peterson, Kasey Einerson, and Zachary Benitz all pled no-contest earlier this month. Peterson spent 10 days in the Wood County jail. The others received deferred prosecution.

The Voice reports Assistant District Attorney Craig Lambert told the defendants that the felony charge would be filed if they did not accept the plea.

Class I felony stalking carries a maximum imprisonment of 3 1/2 years and a fine up to $10,000.

A date for an initial court appearance and arraignment has not been set.

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