Sophomore Bryce Bosman of Luxemburg-Casco earned his second state championship Saturday evening at the WIAA Division 2 wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Bosman defeated Joey Bianchi of Two Rivers 2-0 in the 113 pounds title match to run his second season record to 46-3 and another gold trophy. Bianchi, also a sophomore, finished 40-6.
Senior Phil Rasmussen won the state title at 285 in a thrilling match that went to an ultimate tiebreaker round, 3-2 over powerful Ripon senior Cody Jacobson (44-3). Rasmussen’s season record is now 42-8.
L-C senior Dalton Smerchek came up just a point short in his title quest at 170, dropping a 3-2 decision to Elijah Alt of River Valley, who raised his season record to 44-1.
Seven Spartans in all earned spots on the championship podium – two first places, a second place, and four fourth places.
Luxemburg-Casco has also earned a berth in next weekend’s team wrestling tournament.
All four Luxemburg-Casco wrestlers who advanced in the consolation bracket finished in fourth place of their respective weight classes Saturday morning.
Three Spartans wait in the wings for their WIAA Division 2 championship matches this evening: Bruce Bosman (113), Dalton Smerchek (170) and Phil Rasmussen (285).
Meanwhile, Kewaunee’s Jesse Steinhorst finished in sixth place at 138 pounds in the Division 3 tournament. Steinhorst (39-11) sustained a 7-4 decision to Brady Spath (40-4) of Cadott and then fell in the fifth-place match to Hunter Wardell (39-15) of Fennimore, 7-2.
Lucas Joniaux of L-C (36-14) secured a fourth-place finish at 106 pounds by advancing with a 5-3 decision over Quintin Gehrmann of Jefferson, then took a 12-2 major decision to Tyler Garriety of Lomira in the third-place match.
At 126, Nathan Ronsman (39-11) beat Owen Matzek of Ellsworth 2-0 but dropped an 11-1 major decision to Chase Katzenmeyer (37-4) of Evansville/Albany in the third-place match.
At 152, Devan Vandenbush (34-12) clobbered Jake McClintock of Lakeland 10-0 in the early match and then fought Chase Parr (43-7) of Lomira to a near draw before dropping a 1-0 decision.
At 220, Nate Lloyd (40-15) prevailed 5-3 in a TB-1 overtime match, then fell 6-3 to Jack Dietzen of Omro (43-4).
The championship matches are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.