The End of the 2021-2022 Wrestling Season

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Emma Schran

The 2021-2022 season has come to an end for the West Salem/Bangor wrestling team after the state tournament on February 24-26th. The team sent Evan Wolfe, a senior from Bangor to the tournament. He had earned the 3-seed in a 16-man bracket after his outstanding season and solid performances at regionals and sectionals. Wrestling began the night of the 24th, but Evan did not wrestle until the morning

 of the 25th since his high seed earned him a first-round bye at Division 2, 138-pound weight class. Friday morning, Evan faced

 Drew Hird, a sophomore from Prairie du Chien, in the quarterfinals and landed his first win of the tournament with a 6-1 decision. In the semifinals Friday evening, Evan faced undefeated Taedon Nichols, a senior from the Luck/Fredric/Grant/Siren co-op, who he had lost to 6-4 the week prior at sectionals. Nonetheless, Evan would get an incredible 1-0 victory over Nichols, who was 51-0 prior to the

ir match, which put him into the finals Saturday night. Evan’s finals match was against Max Ronsman, a sophomore from Luxemburg-Casco, who he would fall to with a close 6-3 decision. Evan finished his season placing 2nd at state, with a season record of 44-7 and a career record of 139-27. 

The West Salem/Bangor wrestling team as a whole had an outstanding and historic season as well. The team earned another Coulee Conference title for the 2nd year in a row and are back-to-back Coulee Conference champions for the second time in school history. They also took home a r

egional team title for the first time since 2016, which advanced them to team sectionals at Somerset. West Salem/Bangor was the runner-up at team sectionals, beating the #9 ranked team in Divison 2, the Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal co-op 48-32. They then fell in the team sectionals finals, 54-19, against Amery, the #1 team in Division 2. Head coach Josh Brewer said of the team, “I’m really proud of the work they put in while in the wrestling room. This season we battled every night. Some of the guys would have tougher matches in practice than they would at meets or tournaments. We grew as a team because of the competition we had for each varsity spot. Nothing was guaranteed. This is the atmosphere I have wanted to bring to this program and it is starting to become the norm.” Congrats on an excellent season to the West Salem/Bangor wrestling team, and let the success and hard work continue next year!