Sam Boerner capped a fine season for the Cedarburg wrestling team by taking sixth place at 132 pounds in the WIAA Division 1 state tournament last week in Madison.
Boerner posted a 2-3 mark in reaching the podium (top six) and finishing at 35-11.
He started out with victories of 13-2 over Cole Acker of Wauwatosa (36-11) and 9-5 over Daniel Stilling of Elkhorn (42-4) in the quarterfinals. Boerner then dropped an 8-2 decision to Veliko Kochiu of Oak Creek (30-2) to drop into the consolation bracket.
He lost a 4-2 decision to Eric Wunsch of Menomonee Falls (45-7) and a 12-9 decision to Stilling in the match for fifth place.
"Sam wrestled well the whole year," Cedarburg coach Getasew Shumet said. "He knew this would be tough. He came in ranked in the top 11 and wanted to get on the podium. He wrestled particularly well in the first two matches and then lost to Oak Creek, but (Kochiu) was just stronger.
"Sam is a wrestler who never stops moving. He pushes the pace and controls the ties and scrambles."
Also for Cedarburg, Colton Ryan went 2-2 at 152 pounds, and Andrew Temmer lost his first match at 220.
Ryan (23-4) downed Bryce Jacobson of Elkhorn (39-6) by a 13-6 count and then ran into eventual champion Peyton Mocco of West Allis Hale (46-3) in the quarterfinals and dropped a tough 6-2 decision.
He then beat Nate Lorenz of Waunakee (42-4) by a 5-3 decision and lost a 3-2 match to Jake Gille of Pulaski (38-6).
"Colton has been looking to step on the podium since his freshman year," Shumet said, "so finishing 2-2 is tough. Losing 6-2 to the champion is all right. This should be a great motivator for him, to show him where hard work takes you. He was distraught (after the tournament); it really hit home. Now he can focus on his college career at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse."
Temmer (31-8) lost a 13-4 major to Luther Egerson of Racine Case (37-7) and did not get a wrestleback.
"He wrestled well all year," Shumet said. "He was a big surprise. This was his first time on the big stage, and it can be a shock. All three guys have a lot to be proud of, though."