For the third straight year the WIAA Division 2 wrestling championship at 126 pounds came down to Bryce Bosman of Luxemburg-Casco and Joey Bianchi of Two Rivers.
And for the third straight year Bosman came out on top as state champion, this time in a close match Saturday night in which Bosman scored the only point.
Bosman is 48-2 with the state team wrestling championships still ahead. Bianchi, also a junior, finished 40-7.
Six other Luxemburg-Casco wrestlers also made it to the tournament’s final day, all competing in the consolation bracket, and came home with three fourth-place finishes, two fifth places and a sixth.
L-C’s Lucas Joniaux (106; 43-8) finished fourth. The sophomore handled Wrightstown’s Kaiden Koltz (16-7) 5-0 before dropping an 8-5 decision to Cale Anderson of Viroqua (49-4) in the consolation final.
Junior Nathan Ronsman (132; 43-11) also finished fourth with a similar showing. Ronsman handed Cole Bavery of Edgerton a 12-0 major decision, then falling to Wautoma/Wild Rose senior Tanner Delst (33-4) by a 4-0 decision.
Colton Worachek (145; 42-12) sustained a fall in 2:21 at the hands of Max Ward (45-3) from Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove, then lost the fifth-place match to Andrew Forsythe of North Fond du Lac/St. Marys Springs (30-5) on a disqualification.
Devan Vandenbush (152; 46-8) won his fifth-place match, dropping a 1-0 decision to Freedom’s Sam Peters (35-9) in the consolation semi-finals and then pinning Cedric Kosnopfal of Ellsworth (28-16) in 2:08.
Reece Worachek (160; 39-15) also earned fifth place. He lost a 7-0 decision to Kolten Hanson of Medford (40-5), then won a 3-1 decision over William Waldofski of Barron (30-7).
Nate Lloyd (220; 44-8) made it to the consolation final before sustaining a fall at the hands of Chris Storandt of East Troy (48-3) to place fourth.
Luxemburg-Casco earned 85 team points in Madison, good for fourth place in Division 2.
The Spartans will return to Madison next weekend for the team final four, with a dual match against Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau at 10 a.m. Saturday. The winner will play the winner of Ellsworth vs. Chilton/Hilbert at 3 p.m.
In Division 3, Kewaunee freshman Jack Severin (120; 46-5) won the fifth-place game over Glenwood City senior Jake Nadeau (29-8) after dropping a 6-4 decision to Max Schwabe of Stratford (42-10), the eventual third-place winner.
Cam Hanrahan (132; 44-7) lost an 8-3 decision to Kolbe Ubersox of Darlington/Black Hawk (43-4) and a 4-2 decision to Weyauwega-Fremont’s Justin Kempf (44-4) to place sixth.