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West Salem/Bangor's Bahr Earns Second State Title

02/29/2016 11:05 am

From Coulee News, Written by Todd Sommerfeldt
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MADISON — It was a sequence that brought a rise out out of the announced crowd of 13,966 people Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

West Salem/Bangor junior Devin Bahr was cruising in his Division 2 152-pound championship match against Wrightstown’s Josh Verbeten when Verbeten turned an attempted throw by Bahr into five quick points.

But as Bahr bridged his way out of the rare pinning predicament, the outcome never really seemed to be in question. The top-ranked Bahr (50-0) recovered from the quick setback and beat third-ranked Verbeten 13-7 to win his second state title in two tries.

Bahr, who has a 123-1 career record, won as a freshman, but a knee injury kept him from competing in the second half of his sophomore season.

“It sounds good,” Bahr said when asked about being called a two-time champ. “I was hoping to be a three-time (champion) by now, but there isn’t anything I can do about that.”

There was something he could do when Verbeten showed his only real sign of life, and Bahr did it.

“I was going for a takedown, and he elevated me through to my back,” Bahr said. “I just had to stay calm, confident and fight it off.”

Bahr put Verbeten on his back late in the first period. He couldn’t close with the pin, but he took a comfortable 7-1 lead into the second period and reversed Verbeten to take a 9-1 lead into the third.

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Photo from Erik Daily, La Crosse Tribune

 

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