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Body pulled from Oconomowoc Lake identified as former soccer star

July 5, 2014

Brett Wiesner, a distinguished 31-year-old former collegiate and professional soccer player from Brookfield, died early Saturday after a boating incident on Oconomowoc Lake.

Wiesner, a Brookfield East High School graduate, was with seven others out on a 24-foot pontoon boat when he did not resurface while swimming about 4:22 a.m., Village of Oconomowoc Lake Police Chief Donald Wiemer said.

The cause is under investigation. Wiesner's body was found early Saturday afternoon by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Dive Team, and numerous other agencies assisted at the scene, Wiemer said.

Wiesner was a Parade Magazine All-American in 2000 and 2001, won All Pac-10 second team honors at the University of Washington and played several years of professional soccer, including outdoor with the Seattle Sounders and Harrisburg City Islanders and indoors with the Milwaukee Wave, according to his biography on the Brookfield Soccer Association's website. Wiesner was listed as a new addition to the association's select coaching staff.

"Brett was one of the best local soccer players to come out of Milwaukee and even more of a great person," Milwaukee Wave Assistant Coach Nick Vorberg said in a statement issued by the team. "I will miss him greatly and the Milwaukee Wave will never forget him."

The Wisconsin DNR is also investigating.

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