LUXEMBURG, Wisc. (WBAY) Third time's not always a charm, especially not if you've got to wrestle Luxemburg-Casco's Bryce Bosman for the individual state title.
“It’s always close because I know how to defend him (Joey Bianchi) and he knows how to defend me,” three-time individual state wrestling champion Bryce Bosman said. “We wrestled now 9 times throughout our high school career.”
There’s been a state title on the line in 3 of those meetings between Two Rivers’ Joey Bianchi and Luxemburg-Casco’s Bryce Bosman.
All 3 were decided by 2 points or less with Bosman coming out on the winning end of all 3.
Bosman says one of the questions he gets asked the most about the wins is whether or not he feels bad for Bianchi. He didn’t have a clear answer for WBAY, just a smile.
Bosman is now part of an exclusive Luxemburg-Casco club ... He's 1 of 5 wrestlers to own 3 individual state titles, and if he can complete the sweep next year, he will be the just the 17th wrestler in state history and second Spartan to pull it off.
“I mean, that pressure is definitely on for that fourth title,” Bosman said. “I just have to get over that cause the pressure has been on since I was a freshman now. Yeah, it's possible, but I just got to get through this year and after the team and then I really start realizing that the opportunity is there, and I'll start really pushing it."
For now, Bosman and the rest of the Spartans are pushing for a team title after falling short by a point in 2017.
“One point comes up quite a bit,” Luxemburg-Casco Head Wrestling Coach Chas Treml said. “It's fueled our off season. That first weekend after last season's state team tournament that one point stung a lot. We used that as motivation, kids took that as motivation all summer, and I think you can see some of the results this past year.
The Spartans sent 8 wrestlers to the individual state tournament this year, the most in all of D2, and in addition to Bosman’s title, they had three 4th place finishers, two fifth place finishers, and a 6th place finisher.
“I think we're pretty confident. I mean, this year we worked really hard knowing that we lost by one team point last year,” Bosman said. “That's really pushed us this year.”