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Whitnall's Bourgeois, Greenfield Duo Statebound

Three wrestlers will represent the city at WIAA state wrestling meet next weekend.

Kameron Bourgeois added three more wins to his impressive season tally and, as a result, will be making a return trip to the WIAA Division 1 State Individual Wrestling Tournament next weekend in Madison.

Bourgeois, , pinned his first two opponents at the Greenfield Sectional on Saturday before beating Ferriez Johnson, 10-6, in the championship match.

Bourgeois improved to 44-1 and is one of three wrestlers who will represent the city at the state meet.

Greenfield’s Andrew Krueger (35-5) will be making his first state appearance one year after the senior failed to get out of the regional. He had no such problems this time around, winning three times Saturday, including a pin in 1 minute, 37 seconds of Kenosha Bradford’s Rodney Daniels in the championship match at 140.

Joining Krueger for Greenfield is Taylor Wirtz (32-8), Krueger’s good friend and classmate. Wirtz will be making his second straight state appearance after surviving Saturday’s sectional with a 14-12, double-overtime win over Tyler Hunter of Racine Case in a second-place wrestleback at 130.

Wirtz was edged, 5-4, by Franklin’s Chris Clapper in the title match after registering pins in his first two matches.

Krueger and Wirtz fittingly made history together as well, with 100 career victories. Krueger's win in the finals was the 101st of his career, and Wirtz's double-overtime thriller was his 100th.

The day was filled with near misses for both the Hustlin’ Hawks and the Falcons.

Greenfield junior Alec Adams (28-14) was pinned in the championship match by Franklin’s Colin DeClark after winning his first two matches at 125 pounds. In a second-place wrestleback, Adams, a junior, lost to Racine Case’s Manny Chairez, 9-3, and was denied his first state bid.

Whitnall junior Mason Howard (34-14) also lost a second-place wrestleback when he was clipped by Racine Horlick’s Tyler Hauer, 6-4, in the state-qualifying match.

Whitnall seniors Matt Price (38-7), Nathan Barnhart (33-4) and Josh Langenohl (28-14) all went 2-1 on the day to place third at 140, 160 and 215, respectively, one spot out of qualifying for state.

Greenfield’s Dominic Krol (25-15) went 1-2 at 135, as did Kevin Vazquez (16-11) at 145, Matt Brendemihl (18-12) at 189 and Zach Stelse (10-7) at 285. Vazquez’s day was particularly heartbreaking; both of his losses were by one point.

Greenfield’s Andrew Patrick (112 pounds, 17-20 record) and Dominic Caputa (119, 10-18) lost their first and only matches, as did Whitnall’s Ruben Garcia (119, 32-13), Troy McGee (125, 20-22), Evan Olson (135, 14-25), Ian Coleman (145, 16-16), John McGee (171, 20-17), James Taylor (189, 16-13) and Jeremy Brunner (285, 7-26).

Chris Kuhagen February 20, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Although I'm a Greenfield guy and while it's good to see their strong wrestling tradition going, Whitnall's Kameron Bourgeois will be the one who advances the furthest. He lost early in the state meet last year, but this is his last time around and he's very motivated to leave his mark at Madison. Bourgeois has worked all year for this moment. He'll have to overcome some talented underclassmen in his weight class who will probably be seeded ahead of him, but I won't count this kid out. And if not for a disqualification earlier this year when he performed an illegal slam he would be undefeated entering the state meet. While he might not be the biggest name in Madison to begin the tourney, expect him to make a name for himself at next week's tournament.
Kevin Clark February 20, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Regardless of how far KB and the Greenfield guys go in the state tournament (and I hope to see all three on the podium), it's great to see some local news coverage of their efforts. They're not in it for the recognition, but they deserve it. Thanks, David.

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