By Alex Strouf, The Denmark News
Wrightstown’s Ben Durocher is heading for his second-straight state championship match and Luxemburg-Casco’s Bryce Bosman has his eyes set on his fourth state championship.
Durocher will repeat both the regional and sectional championship matches in the state championship match, as the junior takes on three-time runner-up Joey Bianchi. Durocher beat Bianchi at regio
“Those earlier matches do prepare you a ton for this late in the season,” said Durocher. “Those couple matches, both of them, I was right there and that makes me feel a lot more excited.”
Durocher didn’t dye his hair blonde, as is Wrightstown tradition, because he didn’t want an extra distractions.
“I decided time to try something new. Last time I made it to the finals, it didn’t work out. Just trying something new.”
Joey’s brother, Matty, will face off with Bosman in the 132-pound championship. Joey Bianchi and Bosman have faced off in the state championship match the last three years. This year, Matty gets a crack at the three-time champion.
“He wrestles very different [than Joey],” said Bosman of Matty Bianchi, whom Bosman lost to at both regionals and sectionals. “He’s very quick and that’s one of the things I see in him. It’ll be difficult, that’s for sure.”
Luxemburg-Casco will also send Reece Worachek to the 170-pound championship in D-2. He’ll face Chase Melton of Spooner/Webster.
Two Rivers, on top of the Bianchi’s, will send former state champion Cody Holmes to the title match against 49-1 Julian Purney of G.E.T. Holmes, 47-4, was a state runner-up last year after winning a title in 2017. The junior looks to get back on the championship winning track before Saturday night’s faceoff.
Denmark’s TJ Weidman and Ethan Schwartz each wrestled their way back to podium finishes on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Schwartz, a 138-pound sophomore, finished fourth in the D-2. Weidman, however, went out with a big win, 4-0, and locked his spot in third at the podium in the 220-pound bracket.
Wrightstown sophomore Kaiden Koltz finished third at the WIAA Tournament. He knocked off Luxemburg-Casco junior Lucas Joniaux in the third place match, 5-1. Junior Quincy Klister finished fourth for the Tigers.